the art of sound and the science of acoustics

Sounding Out Aeolus Podcast 2: Penelope Gouk


Dr Penelope Gouk is a historian based at the University of Manchester. Her research investigates how and why Western medical explanations for music’s effects changed between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. Building on her previous research into musical healing and the use of musical models in medical and scientific thought, this project explores how changes in musical practice fundamentally transformed early modern understandings of the human body and psyche. In our podcast, she discusses the role music plays in the development of science. You can read more about Penelope’s research in her book, Music, Science and Natural Magic in Seventeenth Century England.

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