Book Review: “Measure for Measure” by Thomas Levenson

Measure for Measure by Thomas Levenson

This book is interesting to read today because it was written in the early 1990s, right at the cusp of the Internet revolution. Levenson writes about the history of science and music, exploring the role of tools (i.e., technology) on culture. Even based in Boston, and in touch with the latest digital gizmos, he could little imagine the changes we all saw in the next quarter century.

The theme of this book is the term and concept of “instrument”, which is commonly used to refer to musical instruments and scientific instruments. These two uses of the word evolved around the same time, and many times technical advances in both areas have moved in tandem.

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  1. Thoma Levenson, Measure for Measure: A Musical History of Science, New York, Simon & Schuster, 1994.


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