Automata in Myth and Science

John Cohen traces the ancestry of modern automation back through the curious mechanical inventions of past centuries to the twilight figures of remote mythology.

The mechanical duck, constructed by Jacques de Vaucanson (1709-1782), inventor of silk-weaving machinery.The imagination of our time has been stirred by an exhilarating succession of man-made robots: ultra-rapid computers, pilotless planes, artificial satellites, machines that translate and talk, entire factories automated.

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