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Edison's Eve
By Gaby Wood

Edison's Eve

A Magical History of the Quest for Mechanical Life

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Edison's Eve by 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. Joining lively anecdote with literary, cultural, and philosophical insights, Wood offers a captivating and learned work of science and history."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781400031580
ISBN-10: 1400031583
Format: Paperback / softback
(204mm x 131mm x 19mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Random House Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Gaby Wood

Gaby Wood attended Cambridge University and has been a regular contributor to "The Guardian" and the "London Review of Books." She is the author of a short work of nonfiction, The Smallest of All Persons Mentioned in the Records of Littleness, and is now living in London, where she is a staff writer for "The Observer." This is her first full-length book.

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