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When was the speed of sound first “correctly” calculated?

I am not a student of thermodynamics, but I will reproduce some equations and discussion from Wikipedia to highlight the principles involved in obtaining a fairly accurate — one percent perhaps — ...
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Did Aristotle suggest that different kinds of sound might travel at different speeds?

In this answer there is an interesting passage: Also, Aristotle posited that the speed of sound was dependent on frequency. Gassendi had religious/philosophical issues with Aristotle's views, and ...
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When was it first realized that sound travels with finite speed?

From what date can we trace the knowledge (or the hypothesis) that sound has a finite speed of transmission through air? Thunder/lightning is the most striking clue, but echoes would be the readiest ...
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When and how it was discovered that sound is related to some kind of oscillations?

Sound is an oscillation of a medium (waves in the medium), and the frequency of thse oscillations we hear as the pitch. When this was discovered and by what experiment? I suppose this was already ...