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Review: Left-Brain Lutherie by David C. Hurd, PhD

Review: Left-Brain Lutherie by David C. Hurd, PhD

Reviewed by R.M. Mottola

Originally published in American Lutherie #81, 2005 and Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume Seven, 2015

Left-Brain Lutherie
Using Physics and Engineering Concepts for Building Guitar Family Instruments: An Introductory Guide to Their Practical Application
David C. Hurd, PhD
ISBN 0-9760883-0-4
Ukuleles by Kawika, Inc.

A prepublication copy of David Hurd’s Left-Brain Lutherie was given to AL for review. A draft of the following review was sent to the author prior to publication so that any factual errors in the review could be corrected.

During the early 1980s I worked at a small engineering company that made instrumentation used in biomedical research. As the company grew, the product line expanded to include devices used in other fields, including analytical chemistry and materials science. I count the time I spent on this job as some of the most precious in my life, in no small part because it provided the opportunity to spend a good deal of time with research scientists and to be directly involved in some of their efforts. This contact taught me the value of scientific methodological inquiry, and it shaped my consideration for the folks who do this work as some of the most creative and open-minded people to be found. That scientists are smart, careful, and highly analytical fits well with the general image of those in the field. But the fact that they approach their research subjects with high levels of openness, objectivity, and general creativity unfortunately somehow gets lost in the general stereotype of scientists.

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