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Cymatics, the study of wave phenomena, was pioneered by Swiss medical doctor and natural scientist, Hans Jenny (1904-1972). The core of this edition is Jenny’s two volumes originally published in 1967 and 1974, documenting over 14 years of his meticulous experiments using audible sound to excite powders, pastes, and liquids into life-like, flowing forms. The stunning array of over 360 images reflects a variety of patterns found throughout nature, art, and architecture. The photographs in this book consist entirely of experimental phenomena. There were no computer-generated images. 


In this expanded edition, we have added a new foreword by NY Times best-selling author, Ted Gioia, who has written extensively about the impact of music on culture throughout history. An assortment of commentaries by leading researchers, artists, and scientists, articulate how Jenny’s body of work has profoundly influenced a wide range of disciplines.  


Dr. Jenny’s images are awe-inspiring because of their visual beauty and because they demonstrate a fundamental principle of creation: Resonance, the inherent responsiveness of matter to sound. 


He articulates a concrete methodology, shedding light upon those abstract revelations of the ancient Greek philosophers Pythagoras and Plato, and the great Copernican cosmologists, Giordano Bruno and Johannes Kepler. Employing the phenomenological approach of Goethe and Rudolf Steiner, his keen observations and penetrating insights offer a uniquely comprehensive understanding of our world.


This newly revised edition offers the opportunity to expand our understanding even further.



"Hans Jenny’s work was instrumental in my development of a theory of music therapy based on the principles of complexity science. This fifth edition of Cymatics, with its extensive revisions, is an important contribution to our deepening understanding of the healing power of music.”


Barbara J. Crowe, MMT, MT-BC

Professor Emeritus of Music Therapy, Arizona State University

Author of Music and Soulmaking & A Transpersonal Model of Music Therapy: Deepening Practice.


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