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The A-Zed of Audio

The year is 1887 and in what is modern-day Poland, a physician-linguist named L. L. Zamenhof set out to solve a problem. In his town a handful of different languages were being spoken, and these language lines divided their speakers into tribes that hardly intersected.

Parallel compression

The A-Zed of Audio

2300 years ago, a Greek mathematician named Euclid wrote what would become one of the most successful and influential books of all time. It didn't contain characters, a plot, or even morals, but was filled with mathematical descriptions of the way our world is composed. Although his phrasing was far more technical and arcane, many are familiar with the postulate of his Geometry which states that two parallel lines will never intersect. Hurtling down the highway or aboard high speed trains, we at least hope he was right.

Decibel

The A-Zed of Audio

If you've ever seen Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, you'll remember long scenes like this one, in complete and utter silence. Of course, that's because they happen in the vacuum of outer space, and sound is a dance that air molecules do. Air and outer space don't mix.

But life on earth is a constant barrage of molecules dancing this way and that, and the way that we detect these air disturbances is through our ears. And since we human-folk seem to get the greatest joy from naming and measuring the world around us, we shouldn't be surprised there's a whole field of study concerning the intensity of these air movements. 

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