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Introduction: Androids, Enlightenment, and the Human-Machine Boundary

Adelheid Voskuhl

in Androids in the Enlightenment: Mechanics, Artisans, and Cultures of the Self

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226034027
eISBN:
9780226034331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226034331.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to discuss two android automata that were made in the Enlightenment, both of which represent women playing a keyboard-type instrument. ... More


The Harpsichord-Playing Android; or, Clock-Making in Switzerland

Adelheid Voskuhl

in Androids in the Enlightenment: Mechanics, Artisans, and Cultures of the Self

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226034027
eISBN:
9780226034331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226034331.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter takes a journey to La Chaux-de-Fonds, a rural valley in western Switzerland that was densely populated with clock-makers, local dignitaries, natural philosophers, and aristocratic ... More


Clock-Makers at the Crossroads

Yulia Frumer

in Making Time: Astronomical Time Measurement in Tokugawa Japan

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226516448
eISBN:
9780226524719
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226524719.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Chapter 7 describes how clock makers contributed to the dissemination of astronomical notions of time measurement. Making astronomical instruments—clocks, compasses, theodolites, and sextants — they ... More


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