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

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9780140299199: The Mechanical Turk: The True Story of the Chess-playing Machine That Fooled the World

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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"A fascinating account." -- Daily Telegraph

"Excellent." -- Time Out

"Filled with delightful stories...a subject that is not only fascinating, but which also resonates with contemporary issues." -- The Guardian

"Gripping...a rattling good yarn told by a natural entertainer." -- Daily Mail

"This is fascination, obsession, inquiry, storytelling and literary magic at it very best." -- Simon Winchester

About the Author:

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.

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