The Turk: The Life and Times of the Famous Eighteenth-Century Chess-Playing Machine
Publish date: August 5th 2003
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
In an age when chess-playing computers are hardly a novelty, it might be hard to imagine just how remarkable people found Wolfgang von Kempelen’s automaton. Though little remembered beyond a handful of afficionados today, Kempelen’s Turk was a remarkable novelty in its day, one that delighted the H...
Another one I read in 2003. My journal notes from the time: >>This is about the 18th century chess playing machine. This author also wrote The Victorian Internet, which I read a while back. . . .This book works in a similar way to the other one. The author documents the Turk's history, in the proces...
Funny little piece of history that was absolutely fascinating. Tom Standage, as usual, writes wonderfully.
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