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An illusion that could play chess:The Turk
1.       Roswitha
4132 posts
 07 Sep 2008 Sun 11:28 pm

 

 

 

 

 

In the spring of 1770, an extraordinary mechanical man known as "The Turk" made his debut at the imperial court in Vienna. He was fashioned from wood, powered by clockwork and dressed in a stylish Turkish costume. His inventor, a 35-year-old Hungarian civil servant by the name of Wolfgang von Kempelen, boasted that The Turk could beat anyone at chess, an incredible proposition in an era long before the advent of computers. Kempelen had no plans for his chess-playing machine other than to amuse the court. He could have no idea that his automaton would achieve fame throughout Europe and America, that figures such as Napoleon Bonaparte and Edgar Allan Poe would become fascinated by it, and that the mystery of how The Turk worked would remain unsolved for almost 90 years.

 

http://www.geocities.com/siliconvalley/lab/7378/automat.htm

2.       serhattugral
210 posts
 08 Sep 2008 Mon 12:08 am

Details About "Turk" see:

 

http://tr.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C3%BCrk_(satran%C3%A7_otomat%C4%B1)

 

or

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Turk

 

 

3.       Roswitha
4132 posts
 08 Sep 2008 Mon 02:21 am

Incredible, I am somewhat frustrated. How can the 2 images I inserted today under this topic suddenly disappear and  two advertising logos appear out of nowhere.

 

4.       Roswitha
4132 posts
 08 Sep 2008 Mon 02:25 am

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