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The Color of Chirality

How can a guitar be distinguished from a violin? The physical characteristics of the two instruments are, of course, very different. But what truly separates the two is the difference that can be heard between them. If the same note is played on these instruments they will sound different because each instrument, in addition to the note played, plays a series of tiny notes called “harmonics”.

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