Living Dolls: A Magical History of the Quest for Mechanical Life

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"Living Dolls" tells the story of humanity's age-old obsession with moving dolls and speaking robots, intelligent machines and bionic men - and it gives the history of ingenious inventors and their fantastical creations. Could an 18th-century mechanical duck really digest and excrete its food? Was the "Automatic Turk", a celebrated chess-playing machine that toured around Europe, a fake? Why did the great inventor Thomas Edison go to so much effort to mass produce a speaking mechanical child? What happened to the family of ...

Living Dolls: A Magical History of the Quest for Mechanical Life 2003, Faber & Faber, London

ISBN-13: 9780571214662

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ISBN-13: 9780571178797

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