The Turk

The Turk On An Autumn Day In 1769, A Hungarian Nobleman Named Wolfgang Von Kempelen Attended A Conjuring Show At The Court Of Maria Theresa, Empress Of Austria Hungary So Unimpressed Was Kempelen By The Performance That He Declared He Could Do Better Himself Maria Theresa Held Him To His Word And Gave Him Six Months To Prepare A Show Of His Own Kempelen Did Not Disappoint He Returned To The Court The Following Spring With A Mechanical Man, Fashioned From Wood, Powered By Clockwork, Dressed In A Stylish Turkish Costume And Capable Of Playing Chess.The Turk, As This Contraption Became Known, Was An Instant Success, And Tom Standage S Book Chronicles Its Illustrious Career In Europe And America Over The Next Eighty Five Years Associated Over Time With A Host Of Historical Figures, Including Benjamin Franklin, Catherine The Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, Charles Babbage, And Edgar Allan Poe, Kempelen S Creation Unwittingly Also Helped To Inspire The Development Of The Power Loom, The Computer, And The Detective Story Everywhere It Went, The Turk Baffled Spectators And Provoked Frenzied Speculation About Whether A Machine Could Really Think Many Rival Theories Were Published, But They Served Only To Undermine Each Other.Part Historical Detective Story, Part Biography, The Turk Relates The Saga Of The Machine S Remarkable And Checkered Career Against The Backdrop Of The Industrial Revolution, As Mechanical Technology Opened Up Dramatic New Possibilities And The Relationship Between People And Machines Was Being Redefined Today, In The Midst Of The Computer Age, It Has Assumed A New Significance, As Scientists And Philosophers Continue To Debate The Possibility Of Machine Intelligence To Modern Eyes, The Turk Now Seems To Have Been A Surprisingly Farsighted Invention, And Its Saga Is A Colorful And Important Part Of The History Of Technology. I was reading this book to pass the time at a boring ass job I had working for Holland America in Anchorage, AK The book was quite enjoyable until some asshole, AARP member came up to me, saw I was reading the book and spoiled the ending for me, which is probably one of the most heinous acts you can do in the free world So I didn t totally finish it I was just a few pages away Wherever this guy is, I hope he was one who was affected my Enron Bastard The book is quite good though It shows I was reading this book to pass the time at a boring ass job I had working for Holland America in Anchorage, AK The book was quite enjoyable until some asshole, AARP member came up to me, saw I was reading the book and spoiled the ending for me, which is probably one of the most heinous acts you can do in the free world So I didn t totally finish it I was just a few pages away Wherever this guy is, I hope he was one who was affected my Enron Bastard The book is quite good though It sho
Written like a good mystery and very readable I found the topic to be quite interesting and I attribute this primarily to the style of writing and the way in which the story unfolds If you re interested in the idea of artificial intelligence, this is a great story A fascinating examination of an historical oddity, a clockwork chess playing automaton, or is it a hoax Whether you believe it or not, the Turk played against Napoleon, Benjamin Franklin and Edgar Allen Poe It influenced Charles Babbage, Alan Turing and Deep Blue Why does the notion of a thinkin
A quick read Not as enjoyable as Standage s Victorian Internet, but still excellent I would have liked a bitof the actual games that were played by the Turk I understand this could be boring to many readers.The final chapter adds quite a bit to the story, showing the Turk s influence on mode
This book was an easy read that gives the interesting and factual details of the life of this machine, while decorating it with an aura of the mystery and romanticism embodied by the machine itself There is never any secret that there is a hidden operator inside the machine, but Standage withholds the exact details until the end, creating suspense with the different attempts to expose it, such as that of Edgar Allan Poe Each chapter opens with a famous chess move and a rele
A great book about a fascinating time in historythe intersection of the Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution, and the marriage of science technology with magic illusion The star of the story is the titular Turk, a chess playing automaton that fascinate and confounded audiences
The Turk was invented during an age when people flocked to pay and see automatons, machine constructed from wood and metals with gears that did a repetitive task One famous creation was The Turka chess playing invention The only problem wasthis one had a person inside Good view of hist
The tale of a chess playing machine that turned out to be anything but Highly amusing in many ways due to its having fooled so many notables for so long Very famous in its time, and revived in this fine account of its history Very much recommended as a historical curio. This is a little book, slightly short with lots of space and a slightly larger font That is not a detriment to the book there are enough books around that continue long after their point has been made This book comes in, tells a fascinating story with some intriguing implications and then goes away.I was a little unlucky that I knew the end of the story before I knew much about the beginning, it s the Sweeney Todd or Jekyll and Hyde effect Good thing this story starts so interestingly This is a little book, slightly short with lots of space and a slightly larger font That is not a detriment to the book there are enough books around that continue long after their point has been made This book comes in, tells a fascinating story with some intriguing implications a
This was an alright read The book tells the story of the chess playing automaton built in the late 18th century and its journeys across Europe and America from the late 18th century to the early 19th century The automaton itself I didn t find too interesting but the characters it meets in its lifetime from the analysts trying to crack its mystery to the engineers it would inspire I found captivating The author doesn t divulge the secret of how the automaton works until the penultimate cha This was an alright read The book tells the story of the chess playing automaton built in the late 18th century and its journeys across Europe and America

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  • Hardcover
  • 272 pages
  • The Turk
  • Tom Standage
  • English
  • 19 June 2017
  • 0802713912