• On retrouve la détective Louise Morvan. Un Stradivarius de 24.000 millions de francs a été volé. La société MDM, propriétaire de l'instrument, a engagé Louise pour le retrouver. Elle collabore avec l'OCBC (Office Central de répression du trafic des Biens Culturels) et se cache dans un appartement, juste en face de celui de Christian Donovan, un antiquaire spécialiste en instruments anciens.

  • This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and master violin maker and acoustician Joseph Curtin, recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. This in-depth conversation explores Curtin's long quest to characterize the sound of a Stradivari violin and the rigorous series of double-blind tests he and his colleagues developed to probe whether or not professional musicians can really tell the difference between a Stradivari and a modern violin. The conversation also covers violin acoustics and how Joseph Curtin marries acoustic science to the art of violin making and merges time-honoured techniques with new materials and design.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Finding What You're Looking For, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:
    I. Finding One's Niche - Becoming a violin maker
    II. Confronting Biases - Measuring a mystery
    III. Characterizing Sound - Towards objectivity
    IV. Making Modern Violins - In search of a new aesthetic
    V. The Future Awaits - Digital violins, new books and more

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert through a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.