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Edison's Eve A Magical History of the Quest for Mechanical Life

ISBN-10: 1400031583
ISBN-13: 9781400031580
Edition: Reprint 
Authors: Gaby Wood
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Description: During the eighteenth century, the inventor Jacques de Vaucanson created a mechanical duck that seemingly could digest and excrete its food. A few decades later, Europeans fell in love with “the Turk,” a celebrated chess-playing machine built in  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/8/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

During the eighteenth century, the inventor Jacques de Vaucanson created a mechanical duck that seemingly could digest and excrete its food. A few decades later, Europeans fell in love with “the Turk,” a celebrated chess-playing machine built in 1769. Thomas Edison was obsessed for years with making a talking mechanical doll, one of his few failures as an inventor. In our own time, scientists at MIT are trying to build a robot with emotions of its own. What lies behind our age-old pursuit to create mechanical life? What does this pursuit tell us about human nature? In Edison’s Eve Gaby Wood traces the history of robotics, from its most brilliant inventions to its most ingenious hoaxes. Joining lively anecdote with literary, cultural, and philosophical insights, Wood offers a captivating and learned work of science and history.

List of Illustrations
Introduction
The Blood of an Android
An Unreasonable Game
Journey to the Perfect Woman
Magical Mysteries, Mechanical Dreams
The Doll Family
Epilogue
Acknowledgements
Bibliography
Index

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