The Mechanical Turk: The True Story of the Chess-playing Machine That Fooled the World

The Mechanical Turk: The True Story of the Chess-playing Machine That Fooled the World

by TomStandage (Author)

Synopsis

This title tells the true story of the Turk, the infamous 18th-century automation. The story links an unlikely cast of historical characters, from Napoleon, Beethoven and Poe to the pioneers of the computer age, and provides an accessible way of examining the complex relationship between magic, man, mind and machine, from the Enlightenment to the computer age.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Edition: New
Publisher: Penguin
Published: 28 Oct 2004

ISBN 10: 014029919X
ISBN 13: 9780140299199

Author Bio
Tom Standage is science correspondent of The Economist in London and author of The Victorian Internet: the remarkable story of the nineteeth century's online pioneers (1998) and The Netune File: planet detectives and the discovery of worlds unseen (2000). He lives in Greenwich.