The Uncanny World of Automata

Catalogue no: 1287
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Anthony Benis
Total pages: 3 Illustrations: 4 Language(s): English Publication date: Nov., 1953
Editor: Publisher: Think
Dimensions: 300mm x 230mm Condition: Good
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In the authors' words, the article covers, "Man's Efforts to imitate living things in mechanical images. Intricacy of early automata and the use of ancient principles in modern "robot machines"". Around half of the article concerns automata in the ancient world, Rome and Greece, including water clocks. There follows a brief account of automatum devices (some combined with clock) made in Augsburg and Switzerland by makers such as Pierre Jacquet Droz and Robert Houdin. The subject is brought into the present day by incorporating automatic factory machinery into the field of automata, even the "electronic computing machine", "What the future holds in this field we can only guess". Illustrations as follows; 1. Ornate figure of Diana with a stag and hounds, made in 1620 2. Clock with dog automatum which rolls its eyes and strikes the hours with its tail, 1689 3. Catalytic oil cracking plant operated by automatic control, modern application of principles of early automata 4. Launching guided missile. Its speed and direction are automatically controlled by instruments sealed within
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