A Brief History of the Speed of Sound

Lindsay Hannah

New Zealand Acoustics, 19(4), pp.7- 16 . (2006).

The meaning of the speed of sound at which sound waves travel through a medium (usually air) was derived from the Latin concept “celerita”, meaning "velocity"9. Historically speaking the speed of sound was one of, if not the first effects relating to the study of acoustics and variables relating to sound propagation outdoors. Due to the fact that the speed of sound is one of the most historically significant factors in acoustics and sound propagation this section of the report discusses a brief history essential to the subject.