Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Was Darwin right?

Aap slaat maat (Nieuw Amsterdam), translated as The Evolving Animal Orchestra (MIT Press) and Der Affe schlägt den Takt (Henschel Verlag).


In 1871 Charles Darwin argued :
“The perception, if not the enjoyment, of musical cadences and of rhythm is probably common to all animals.”
"Henkjan Honing has tested this eminent reasonable idea, and in his book [The Evolving Animal Orchestra (MIT Press)] he reports back. He details his disappointment, frustration and downright failure with such wit, humility and a love of the chase that any young person reading it will surely want to run away to become a cognitive scientist." (Simon Ings in NewScientist).

"Honing’s new book provides a succinct, informal though rigorous overview of what we know of cross-species musicality. [..] Most science happens as a tiresome journey, and what the public sees is only the splendidness of arrival – that's not the case of this book. This is a popular science book, intriguing and entertaining." (Andrea Ravignani in Current Biology).

For more endorsements, see here.
For an interview / podcast, see here.
For links to all the books, see here.