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The Turk: The Life and Times of the Famous Eighteenth-Century Chess-Playing Machine
by: Tom Standage
0425190390 / 9780425190395

Book 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.

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

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