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Harmonicorum libri XII



Marin Mersenne, 1588-1648
Harmonicorum libri XII
Paris, 1648
Folio FC 6 M5553 635h 1648

The mathematician and philosopher credited with, among other accomplishments, the formulation of the physical laws governing the vibration of strings, Mersenne was a prominent speculative theorist of the 17th century. His interest in music was primarily a result of his work in mathematics and physics, particularly evident in the last four books of the Harmonicorum libri, which form a treatise on musical instruments.

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