Scientists study sound of silence


American scientists at the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology have revealed an Australian link to their work on identifying the world’s quietest sound.

Head of MIT’s auditory absence project, Professor Tess Toob, (main picture) said her team had been working for the past decade to detect the quietest sound ever recorded.

“Our work does sound counter-intuitive,” Professor Toob said. “People often have trouble comprehending the idea of a sound that is so quiet you can’t hear it.

“We often joke that we are trying to detect and record a sound that by definition is both undetectable and unrecordable.

“So our work has been very difficult, until recently when we were alerted to the work of political commentator Andrew Bolt from Melbourne, Australia.

“We have since been analysing Mr Bolt’s commentary on Victorian Premier Dan Andrews and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

“In particular we have been analysing his newspaper commentary and his appearances on Sky News lambasting the Andrews Government for its approach to the pandemic especially the lockdowns it has imposed, such as the columns he was penning in February this year (pictured)

“We’ve been comparing them to his most recent work and the total absence of similar vitriolic remarks about NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s recent decisions on lockdowns.

“I won’t try to explain the highly technical equipment and processes we use to translate Mr Bolt’s absence of commentary into sound, or absence of sound.

“But let me say that we are just days away from recording, or not-recording if you like, the world’s most silent sound, or absence of sound.

“And it’s all down to Andrew Bolt. He is a truly unique talent,” Professor Toob said.