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

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ISBN-10: 1400031583

ISBN-13: 9781400031580

Edition: Reprint 

Authors: Gaby Wood

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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.…    
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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: 5.10" wide x 8.00" long x 0.78" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

List of Illustrations
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An Unreasonable Game
Journey to the Perfect Woman
Magical Mysteries, Mechanical Dreams
The Doll Family