Clockwork Game: The Illustrious Career Of A Chessplaying Automaton

Paperback | May 6, 2014

byJane IrwinEditorNisi ShawlContribution byJane Irwin

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  • In 1769, the court of Empress Maria Theresia witnessed one of that era'smost amazing feats of engineering: a machine that could play chess. Artfullyconstructed by a Hungarian nobleman named Wolfgang von Kempelen, thechess-machine played a unique game against each opponent, far surpassing theabilities of all its fellow automata. Throughout its eighty-five year career,audiences across Europe and the Americas flocked to see the mechanical marvelseemingly capable of human intelligence; Napoleon, Charles Babbage, and BenjaminFranklin were among its challengers, and Edgar Allen Poe wrote an essayattempting to explain how it worked. Despite its demise over a hundred fiftyyears ago, its mystery continues to fascinate, and its audience's reaction toits Orientalist trappings casts fresh light on our present sense of the'exotic'.
  • Written and Illustrated by Jane Irwin, author of the Vögeleingraphic novels, Clockwork Game retells the true story of the world'sfirst chess-playing automaton, blending reality and fiction into a singulargraphic novel.

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In 1769, the court of Empress Maria Theresia witnessed one of that era'smost amazing feats of engineering: a machine that could play chess. Artfullyconstructed by a Hungarian nobleman named Wolfgang von Kempelen, thechess-machine played a unique game against each opponent, far surpassing theabilities of all its fellow automata. Through...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9.9 × 8 × 0.4 inPublished:May 6, 2014Publisher:Fiery StudiosLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0974311022

ISBN - 13:9780974311029

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