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

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

by Gaby Wood
     
 

ISBN-10: 1400031583

ISBN-13: 9781400031580

Pub. Date: 07/08/2003

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

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…  See more details below

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400031580
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/08/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
939,882
Product dimensions:
5.24(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsxi
Introductionxiii
1The Blood of an Android3
2An Unreasonable Game60
3Journey to the Perfect Woman111
4Magical Mysteries, Mechanical Dreams164
5The Doll Family213
Epilogue264
Acknowledgements267
Bibliography271
Index291

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