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.
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About the Author
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.