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September 25, 2013

"The Writer" Automaton (video)

YouTube caption: "From the BBC program 'Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams,' professor Simon Schaffer examines a clockwork creation of Pierre Jaquet-Droz."

[via Joe Peach]

September 25, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink


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Juan, great observation!

The Antikythera Mechanism is possibly the most amazing old world item ever to me.

Maybe teachers up to and including high school realize that nothing old

intrigues the youngins ;-)

Posted by: Joe Peach | Sep 26, 2013 5:45:09 PM

Which is the greater mystery, the fact that such a refined clockwork mechanisms could even be built so long ago, or that public education has largely ignored such inspiring human achievements (e.g. Antikythera mechanism from 150–100 BC designed to calculate the positions of astronomical objects)?

Posted by: Juan Caruso | Sep 26, 2013 2:04:47 PM

Interesting reciprocity between the projection of human physical characteristics onto a mechanical device then, and the way our modern, mechanical-looking but functionally elegant devices evoke human sentiments today.

Posted by: Marianne | Sep 25, 2013 11:09:36 PM

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