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Eric J. Heller

Blog Entries by Eric J. Heller

Tsunamis of Sound

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 6:53 PM

You don't see sound coming at you, but if you could it would take on all sorts of shapes. A sonic boom would be a slab in the sky approaching you at 770 miles per hour. A lightening bolt would launch jagged waves as scary as its thunder will sound:...

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Science, Concert Halls and Egos

(2) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 1:18 PM

In January 2009 pianist Anne-Marie McDermott gushed to The New York Times about the newly renovated Alice Tully Hall in New York's Lincoln Center, after playing a Steinway there:

"Oh my God, it's heaven," said [McDermott]. "You can do anything: the clarity, the range." She called the sound...
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Meteors Don't Strike Twice

(9) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 4:19 PM

Without precedent or warning, a loud boom sounding like a major piece of artillery frightens your normally quiet neighborhood. Houses shake and dishes rattle. The jolt is singular, percussive -- and ominous. Later the TV news reports that the boom was heard over many miles, but nothing exploded. No supersonic...

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