Australian Institute of Physics

South Australian Branch

Members' Lecture
of the

Australian Institute of Physics - S.A. Branch

Tuesday, March 27th, 2001, at 7:30pm
in the Kerr Grant lecture theatre,
Physics Building, Adelaide University

More to it than meets the ear?

by Hervey Bagot

Proprietor of Bagot Bellfoundries which has been in operation in Adelaide since 1977

The concept of the cast bronze musical bell came to Europe from the East about 1000 years ago. The Eastern bell's cylindrical shape and non-harmonious tone have given way, by a mixture of serendipity and science, to the tuneful flared-shape bell that we know in the western world today. The musical and vibrational properties of the bell will be shown and discussed, in a presentation both audio-visual and practical.