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The Mechanical Turk

274 Seiten, kartoniert, Penguin, 1. Auflage 2002

7,50 €
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THE TRUE STORY OF THE MYSTERIOUS CHESS-PLAYING MACHINE THAT GRIPPED THE WORLD

In 1770, in the imperial court of Vienna, one of the most extraordinary and baffling inventions in history was unveiled to the cries of shocked courtiers. The Mechanical Turk immediately became a sensation: a life-sized clockwork figure dressed in Eastern costume that, somehow, could play world-class chess. For decades this incredible automaton confounded audiences across Europe and America. It trounced grand masters, outwitted Napoleon, defeated Benjamin Franklin and was even said to have stopped Catherine the Great from cheating.

What was its secret? Could a machine really think? During its chequered career the Turk sparked frenzied speculation and often downright fabrication, but now the truth can finally be revealed ...

In this gripping account, Standage reveals the secret of the Turk. He spins out the mystery like a thriller-writer, building the tension and teasing us with red herrings ... a rattling good yarn told by a natural entertainer' Daily Mail

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

THE TRUE STORY OF THE MYSTERIOUS CHESS-PLAYING MACHINE THAT GRIPPED THE WORLD

In 1770, in the imperial court of Vienna, one of the most extraordinary and baffling inventions in history was unveiled to the cries of shocked courtiers. The Mechanical Turk immediately became a sensation: a life-sized clockwork figure dressed in Eastern costume that, somehow, could play world-class chess. For decades this incredible automaton confounded audiences across Europe and America. It trounced grand masters, outwitted Napoleon, defeated Benjamin Franklin and was even said to have stopped Catherine the Great from cheating.

What was its secret? Could a machine really think? During its chequered career the Turk sparked frenzied speculation and often downright fabrication, but now the truth can finally be revealed ...

In this gripping account, Standage reveals the secret of the Turk. He spins out the mystery like a thriller-writer, building the tension and teasing us with red herrings ... a rattling good yarn told by a natural entertainer' Daily Mail

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

Weitere Informationen
Gewicht 270 g
Hersteller Penguin
Breite 12,7 cm
Höhe 19,7 cm
Medium Buch
Erscheinungsjahr 2002
Autor Tom Standage
Sprache Englisch
Auflage 1
ISBN-10 014029919X
ISBN-13 9780140299199
Seiten 274
Einband kartoniert

ix Preface

CHAPTER ONE

001The Queen's Gambit Accepted

CHAPTER TWO

021 The Turk's Opening Move

CHAPTER THREE

039A Most Charming Contraption

CHAPTER FOUR

055 Ingenious Devices, Invisible Powers

CHAPTER FIVE

071Dreams of Speech and Reason

CHAPTER SIX

089 Adventures of the Imagination

CHAPTER SEVEN

101The Emperor and the Prince

CHAPTER EIGHT

121 The Province of Intellect

CHAPTER NINE

149The Wooden Warrior in America

CHAPTER TEN

175Endgame

CHAPTER ELEVEN

193The Secrets of the Turk

CHAPTER TWELVE

223 The Turk Versus Deep Blue

248 Notes

254 Sources

260 Acknowledgments

262 Index