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Mechanical Turk: The True Story of the Chess Playing Machine That Fooled the World Paperback – September 30, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin USA (P) (September 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014029919X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140299199
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,681,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The true story of the Turk, an infamous 18th century automaton, links an unlikely cast of historical characters, from Napoleon, Beethoven and Poe to the pioneers of the computer age. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Tom Standage is science correspondent of The Economist in London and author of "The Victorian Internet: the remarkable story of the nineteeth century's online pioneers" (1998) and "The Netune File: planet detectives and the discovery of worlds unseen" (2000). He lives in Greenwich.

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Tom Standage is digital editor at The Economist, overseeing the magazine's website, Economist.com, and its smartphone, tablet and e-reader editions. Before that he was business affairs editor, running the back half of the magazine, and he previously served as business editor, technology editor and science correspondent. Tom is also the author of five history books, including "An Edible History of Humanity" (2009), "A History of the World in Six Glasses" (2005), a New York Times bestseller, and "The Victorian Internet" (1998), described by the Wall Street Journal as a "dot-com cult classic". He writes the video-game column for Intelligent Life, The Economist's lifestyle magazine, is a regular commentator on BBC radio, and has written for other publications including the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the New York Times and Wired. He holds a degree in engineering and computer science from Oxford University, and is the least musical member of a musical family. He is married and lives in London with his wife and children, and is currently working on his next book, on the prehistory of social media.

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