Ernst Florens Friedrich Chladni was a physicist and musician. His work includes research on vibrating plates and the calculation of the speed of. Ernst Florens Friedrich Chladni () Is there a connection between sound, vibration and physical reality? Many inquisitive people have searched for a. über die Theorie des Klanges (Discoveries in the Theory of Sound), a late 18th -century work by German physicist and musician Ernst Chladni (–).

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Goethe, who himself was often criticized for his diverse study of natural sciences, wrote in One of Chladni’s best-known achievements was inventing a technique to show the various modes of vibration on a rigid surface.

Sophie Germain ‘s answer, although rejected due to flaws, was the only entry with the correct approach.

Ernst Chladni

In this and other works, he laid the foundation for that discipline within physics that came to be called acoustics. Thanks to his extensive travels he also had a strong knowledge of painting and sculpture. On the occasion of a visit to Weimar, in January Chladni met Goethe to whom he gave a copy of his book. At the beginning of the 19th century room acoustics was treated in geometrical terms. He published the results in Image 2 Dr Rees demonstrates the production of a pattern on a Chladni plate using a violin bow.

This prize was awarded to Sophie Germain in Through careful documentation he theorized that sound affects physical matter and that these changes can be repeated.

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Chladni repeated the pioneering experiments of Robert Hooke who, on July 8,had observed the nodal patterns associated with the vibrations of glass plates. When Chladni showed the technique in Paris, Napoleon set a prize for the best mathematical explanation.


His original inspiration were the electrical figures of Lichtenberg, who made the experiment of scattering an electrified powder over an electrified resin cake; the arrangement of the powder revealing the electric condition of the surface [33].

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The importance of resonances had been recognized, and it was known that the ear can distinguish at most 9 different sound impulses per second. Georg Simon Ohm solved the problem in Chaldni’s uncle, Justus Georg Chladni —was a law professor at the university. Views Read View source View history. The violin bow was the instrument for the mechanical excitation.

After a half-period all velocities change their signs, with an analogous change in the emission pattern. Chladni was initially ridiculed for his claims, but his writings sparked a curiosity that eventually led more researchers supporting his theory.

Lithography by Ludwig Albert von Montmorillon. Similar nodal patterns can also chlasni found by assembling microscale materials on Faraday waves. Chaldni’s demonstrations attracted the interest of the French Emperor, and amateur scientist, Napoleon Bonaparte who was so impressed that he financed the translation of Chaldni’s major work Die Akustic into French, which appeared in image 3.

When resonating, a plate or membrane is divided into regions that vibrate in opposite directions, bounded by lines where no vibration occurs nodal lines. Variations of this technique are still commonly used in the design and construction of chlzdni instruments such as violins, guitars, and cellos.

Ernst Chladni: physicist, musician and musical instrument maker

Turn down your sound before playing this video. The drawings from Chladni’s book Die Akustik are almost as mesmerizing as the video. InYoung introduced a new technique for obtaining a visual image of the motion of chlwdni vibrating string, while referring to Chladni figures.


Jenny delved deeply into the many types of periodic phenomena but especially the visual display of sound. He spent the rest of his life in Kemberg, only interrupted by the still numerous lecture tours. Chladni repeated the pioneering experiments of Robert Hooke who, on July 8,chkadni observed the nodal patterns associated with the vibrations of glass plates.

For the German romantics, there were generally only two ways to chladnni contact with this Ur-language: Chladni was even able to produce a formula that successfully predicted the patterns found on vibrating circular plates.

In the latter case the air experiences a velocity in outward direction. For Adorno, the phonograph record had the advantage over the musical score in that it had written on it a language, not “mere signs”.

If the ends of the tube were held over two zones that were vibrating in the ernsh direction, a sound would be heard, but if the vibrations were in opposite directions they would cancel each other out interfere and the sound would be greatly reduced.

Up to now only vibrations of strings and vibrations of air in wind instruments were the subjects of studies. This motivated Chladni to apply fine sand to his plates and rods. Licensed under CC-BY 3.