14.0700 automata

From: by way of Willard McCarty (willard@lists.village.Virginia.EDU)
Date: Wed Feb 28 2001 - 05:14:54 EST

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 700.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 10:01:53 +0000
             From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
             Subject: more than defecating ducks

    Jessica Riskin's talk at Berkeley, "The Defecating Duck", advertised in
    Humanist 14.0698, refers I suspect to the famous automaton built by Jacques
    de Vaucanson (1709-82) in Paris sometime after he moved there from Grenoble
    in the mid 1730s. A lengthy quotation about de Vaucanson's duck from Sigvar
    Strandh: The history of the Machine (Dorset Press, New York, 1979) is to be
    found at <http://music.calarts.edu/~sroberts/articles/DeVaucanson.duck.html>.

    The history of automata ("self-actuating things") begins with Homer's
    description of the wheeled "tripods" built by Hephaistos, "that of
    themselves they might enter the gathering of the gods at his wish and again
    return to his house, a wonder to behold" (Il 18.373-7). Is there a study
    that surveys this history in detail and demonstrates its continuity with
    the computer?


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