On an autumn day in 1769, a Hungarian nobleman named Wolfgang von Kempelen attended a conjuring show at the court of Maria Theresa, empress of Austria-Hungary. So unimpressed was Kempelen by the performance that he declared he could do better himself. Maria Theresa held him to his word and gave him six months to prepare a show of his own. Kempelen did not disappoint; he returned to the court the following spring with a mechanical man, fashioned from wood, powered by clockwork, dressed in a stylish Turkish costume—and capable of playing chess.The Turk, as this contraption became known, was an instant success and enjoyed an illustrious career in Europe and America during the next eighty-five years. Associated over time with a host of historical figures, including Benjamin Franklin, Catherine the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, Charles Babbage, and Edgar Allan Poe, Kempelen’s creation also unwittingly helped to inspire the development of the power loom, the computer, and the detective story. Everywhere it went; the Turk baffled spectators and provoked frenzied speculation about whether a machine could really think. Many rival theories were published serving only to undermine each other, and the Turk’s secret was only ever revealed to a select few.Part historical detective story, part real-life fairy tale, The Turk chronicles the machine’s remarkable and checkered career against the backdrop of the Industrial Revolution, as mechanical technology opened up dramatic new possibilities and the relationship between people and machines was being redefined. Today, in the midst of the computer age, that relationship has assumed a new significance, as scientists and philosophers continue to debate the possibility of machine intelligence. To modern eyes, the Turk was a surprisingly farsighted invention, and its saga is a colorful and important part of the history of technology. ISBN: 0802713912 Publisher: WALKER & COMPANY Subtitle: Author: TOM STANDAGE
A survey of modern English poetry from the new tradition established by Yeats in the 1890s through to an influential reading of Eliot, and including a reassessment of the Georgians and the influence of Pound. ISBN: 0826479332 Publisher: CONTINUUM INTERNATIONAL Subtitle: Author: C. K. STEAD
Millions of children in Pakistan live short and painful lives, suffering the worst forms of exploitation and neglect. Such injustice is often explained away as a direct result of the abject poverty in which their families live.
Yet lethargic legislatures, uncaring judges and poor planning by the state must share in the guilt of ignoring the pains and rights of such children. This book sets out to put the record straight. It argues that approaches to the question of child prisoners should require a totally new, care-oriented discipline, especially where legal rights are concerned.
The book examines the extent to which laws are actually applied in practice. Recommendations are then offered to correct the deficiencies in the system. An added bonus for lawyers and human rights organizations involved in the defense for children’s rights is the inclusion of eleven thoroughly updated appendices containing all relevant laws and amendments.
The best ‘Indian’ book of the year” Morning Echo Magazine.
“One of the Ten Best Books Of The Year – Illustrated Weekly of India.
“What is remarkable about REASON WOUNDED is the glimpse it gives of the plight of those on the wrong side of the ruling establishment and the light it sheds on the feudal attitudes of leading members of the elite…. – “Indian Express”
ISBN: Z1457 – Hardback Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS ISBN: Z1457 Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS Subtitle: A PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF INDIA’S EMERGENCY Author: PRIMILA LEWIS