The Turk: The Life and Times of the Famous Eighteenth-Century Chess-Playing Machine

The Turk: The Life and Times of the Famous Eighteenth-Century Chess-Playing Machine

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By (author) Tom Standage

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  • Publisher: BERKLEY PUB GROUP
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 192mm x 19mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2003
  • ISBN 10: 0425190390
  • ISBN 13: 9780425190395
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Sales rank: 392,793

Product description

This is the true account of the 18th-century mechanical man, powered by clockwork, dressed in a Turkish costume, and capable of playing chess. Created by a Hungarian nobleman, the machine-man known as The Turk traveled Europe and America, made the acquaintance of Benjamin Franklin, Catherine the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Edgar Allan Poe.

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