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Zero decibels : the quest for absolute silence

Author: George Foy
Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Scribner hardcover edView all editions and formats
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Have our noise-soaked lives driven us mad? And is absolute silence an impossible goal-- or the one thing that can save us? A lively tale of one man's quest to find the grail of total quiet.
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George Foy
ISBN: 9781416599593 1416599592 1416599606 9781416599609
OCLC Number: 424555379
Description: x, 196 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The Broadway train --
Quest for total sound --
City noise, urban quiet --
A brief history of silence --
Quest for silence: the country --
Art of silence, silence in art --
"The quietest place in the universe": scientific silence --
Can we hear "nothing"? Silence and physiology --
The silence of the sea: how hearing evolved --
Why Apaches don't talk --
The silence of the disappeared --
The death of quiet: coping with overload --
The quietest place on earth --
The monks of Cîteaux: silence as absolute --
Tinnitus! --
The farmhouse.
Other Titles: Quest for absolute silence
Responsibility: George Michelsen Foy.

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