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by David Rothenberg

eBook Why Birds Sing epub
  • ISBN: 0141020016
  • Author: David Rothenberg
  • Genre: Science
  • Subcategory: Biological Sciences
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: PENGUIN; Second Edition edition (2006)
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • ePUB size: 1213 kb
  • FB2 size 1693 kb
  • Formats rtf lit txt azw

Rothenberg's book Why Birds Sing: A Journey Into the Mystery of Bird Song (Basic Books, 2005) was inspired . Roald Hoffmann said of the book, "David Rothenberg is a brilliantly fun guide on a journey that takes us from bower birds to the neuroesthetics of Semir Zeki

Rothenberg's book Why Birds Sing: A Journey Into the Mystery of Bird Song (Basic Books, 2005) was inspired by an impromptu duet in March 2000 with a laughingthrush at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh  . Roald Hoffmann said of the book, "David Rothenberg is a brilliantly fun guide on a journey that takes us from bower birds to the neuroesthetics of Semir Zeki. Survival of the Beautiful is just about the best travel literature of the mind out there.

His articles have appeared in Parabola, Orion, The Nation, Wired, Dwell, Kyoto Journal, and Sierra.

Город: somewhere in the Hudson ValleyПодписчиков: 1 ты. себе: ECM recording artist, philosopher, write. себе: ECM recording artist, philosopher, writer, author of NIGHTINGALES IN BERLIN, WHY BIRDS SING, BUG MUSIC, SURVIVAL OF THE BEAUTIFUL.

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Why Birds Sing: A Journey Into the Mystery of Bird Song is a new book by musician and philosopher David Rothenberg

Why Birds Sing: A Journey Into the Mystery of Bird Song is a new book by musician and philosopher David Rothenberg.

The astonishing richness of birdsong is both an aesthetic and a scientific mystery. Evolutionists have never been able to completely explain why birdsong is so inventive and why many species devote so many hours to singing. Is it possible that birds sing because they like to? This seemingly naive explanation is starting to look more and more like the truth.

A Journey Into the Mystery of Bird Song. An intriguing exploration into the science and art of birdsong, from musician and professor Rothenberg (Philosophy/New Jersey Institute of Technology). The more science reveals nature’s wonders, the more we train ourselves to resist the old intuitions that used to guide human understanding of nature, writes Rothenberg (Always the Mountains, 2002, et. in his well-mulled study. Science has given us some hard data to back what we may have already suspected: Birds sing, partially, to attract mates and protect home places from competitors.

Physical description: xiii, 258 p. : ill., music ; 20 cm. Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. Subjects: Birdsongs. Birds & birdwatching. Genre: Illustrated text.
Comments: (7)
This book is not only for birders -- I would not even say it is mainly for birders. This book is first and foremost a book that would be appreciated by musicians. The author, as a musician, is driven by a passion for music and the need to make music, and his underlying question is, if we human musicians can have such a drive to make music and to take pleasure in the beauty of the music that we make, why should we think that other music-making species do not have the same need and drive to make music for the pleasure and beauty of it? Certainly birdsong has established practical reasons, attracting mates and defending territory, but birdsong is much more elaborate and beautiful than it needs to be for that purpose, and there are other reasons that those traditional explanations are not adequate to explain why birds make music. Anyone who has had a pet bird can recognize that birds simply love music. I recommend this book as a gift to any musician who will resonate with the sense that birds, like human musicians, make music "because they can, and because they must."
Rothenberg writes with an easy intimacy, but if one takes him at his word, the intimacy that means most to him comes not by means of words but of music, and less by means of music as such than by an improvisatory exchange between, usually, himself on his clarinet, and someone else on whatever instrument the other person is using.

Given this driving urge, it seems inevitable that Rothenberg should want to cross the barrier between those most musical of creatures, the birds, and those with the most productive curiosity, the humans. His own curiosity leads him first to the birds and then to the human experts in birdsong. He gives vivid descriptions of these researchers' extraordinary devotion to their work. I especially enjoyed his description of the ability of the composer Olivier Messiaen to hear, transcribe, and whistle the complex songs of a bird he had never heard before.

Although, like a few of the researchers - Donald Kroodsma, for example - Rothenberg believes in the innate pleasure birds take in their song, he checks his intuitive sense of their muisicality by carefully summarizing what is scientifically known about their abilities and ways of life. Yet even though he takes to heart the criticism that the romantics "listened to birds and heard only themselves," he recalls that science, too, is fallible, and he plays on the ornithologists' conclusion that not only is each species of birds unique, but so is every individual bird.

"Why Birds Sing" ends in the climactic scene in which Rothenberg and a friend go to Australia to hear, see the dance of, and try to enter into a musical dialogue with the lyrebird named George, the only member, he says, of his elusive, musically gifted species who can stomach the sight and sound of human beings. The bird lights to sing just a few meters from Rothenberg's tape recorder. He hears that the lyrebird's song is composed but alien, in a human sens crazy, music. After he hears a full cycle of the lyrebird's music, he joins in, dancing, not to copy the bird's song, but to play music, in and around the song, that is worthy of the bird's acceptance. The bird seems to respond to the clarinet, dances, and disappears. Rothenberg develops this last, climactic chapter, which he calls "Becoming a Bird," with thoughtful eloquence. He feels he has given his gift and made his human offering to an animal of another singing species. But his gift is also to all of us who read him.
Almost like a new book. Nice price.
Great book, references scientific research as well as aesthetic qualities of many song birds and non-song birds bringing the two realms of reasoning to somewhat of a compromise. I would definetly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know why birds sing.
Great book. It was a pleasure to read. The breadth of sources the author consults and clearly understands and appreciates is amazing. He mentions, "Over the last five years I have read far too much." Thank you. :)
I purchased this as a gift after hearing a companion on insects on NPR. The receiver said that he liked it - it was unusual.
Worst and weirdest book ever.
I bought what I assumed was a new book as a gift. There was supposed to be a cd enclosed in the back cover envelope and to my dismay, when the gift was opened, there was none. This, of course is no reflection on the other contents of the book.
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