02/21/2014

The Science Behind The World’s Strangest Sounds

22:37 minutes

Acoustic engineer Trevor Cox has traveled the globe to collect its “unheard” sounds, from an underground oil tanker to burping sand dunes. He takes us on a sonic search for some of the world’s strangest sounds and uncovers the science behind them.

Here’s an example of one of Cox’s collected sounds:

Segment Guests

Trevor Cox

Trevor Cox is author of The Sound Book: The Science of the Sonic Wonders of The World (W.W. Norton, 2014) and an acoustic engineering professor at the University of Salford in Salford, United Kingdom.

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About Alexa Lim

Alexa Lim is a producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.

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