Everybody Hertz by Richard Mainwaring

Published January 26, 2023

Everybody Hertz by Richard Mainwaring

Book info

  • Title Everybody Hertz
  • Author Richard Mainwaring
  • Year 2022
  • Genre Science

Vic Tandy was a level-headed scientist, but there was no denying it: at this late hour in his lonely lab at Coventry University, he kept seeing a grey apparition out of the corner of his eye. Bathed in a cold sweat, his heart pounding in his chest, he questioned his own rational mind - could this really be a supernatural encounter? What on Earth could be sending such an eerie shudder through his body? Strange frequencies are all around us - in fact, there may be no limit to the marvellous power of vibration. So catch a wave with musical adventurer Richard Mainwaring and take a wild ride across the keys of his infinite piano. Along the way, you'll join the quest for the world's loneliest whale, whose tragically out-of-tune song has haunted oceanographers for decades. You'll discover what strange melodies are hidden in rats' whiskers and rainbows. And you'll find out how vibrations good and bad govern more or less everything around you.


I mostly read this because of the title - it’s a great pun and why not learn a bit about music and science along the way? It’s long been understood that music is inextricably tied in with maths, but here we see how it also fits in with music. Using the analogy of a universe-long piano, we learn about frequencies from low to high and everything in between, how they have helped and hindered, aided scientific discoveries and made beautiful music. It’s well written and although I can’t admit I took everything on board, it was approachable and readable at every stage.

Rating: 3 / 5

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