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Sound Waves: The Symphony of Physics

Alternative title
Making Sound, Using Sound
Synopsis
BBC documentary series exploring the physics of sound. In the first episode, MAKING SOUND, scientists from the University of Leicester use lasers to reveal how Big Ben vibrates and creates waves at particular frequencies that then produce the bells’ distinct sound; at the summit of Europe’s most active volcano, Stromboli, volcanologist Dr Jeffrey Johnson uses a special microphone to record the deep tone produced by the volcano as it explodes; at the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Astronomy, we meet a scientist who has discovered evidence of sound waves in a giant black hole. The second episode, USING SOUND, explores how sound has driven the evolution of biological systems and complex relationships between creatures that exploit sound for hunting and to escape from predators; the story of a patient with a cochlea implant shows the complicated way our ears can translate sound waves - a physical vibration in the air - into an electrical signal our brain can understand; on the cold North Sea, marine archaeologists use sound waves to uncover the remarkable human stories buried beneath the sea.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2017
Year of production
2017
Subjects
Physics
Keywords
sound waves; technological innovation

Credits

Producer
Suzy Boyles
Contributor
Helen Czerski

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£331.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
2 x 60 minutes
Year
2017

Production Company

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

BBC Active Video for Learning

Contact
Carolina Fernandez Jeremy Wilcox (CF - for educational enquiries JW - channel sales manager)
Email
bbcactivevideoforlearning@pearson.com
Web
http://www.bbcactivevideoforlearning.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7010 2751 or 2760
Fax
020 7010 6965
Address
Mezzanine
80 Strand
London
WC2R 0RL
Notes
BBC Active is a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Pearson Education. Formerly known as ‘BBC Worldwide Learning Studies’ and before that as ‘Videos for Education & Training’

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