Duke Faculty Spring Reads: Dale Purves

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The universality of musical tones has long fascinated philosophers, scientists, musicians and ordinary listeners. Purves, an emeritus professor in neurobiology, draws on evidence that the intervals defining Western and other scales are those with the greatest collective similarity to the human voice; that major and minor scales are heard as happy or sad because they mimic the subdued and excited speech of these emotional states; and that the character of a culture’s speech influences the tonal palette of its traditional music.

Purves' book, Music as Biology: The Tones We Like and Why, is available now.

Check out the full list of New Reads this Spring from Duke authors