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Author Mayor, Adrienne, 1946- author.

Title Gods and robots : myths, machines, and ancient dreams of technology / Adrienne Mayor.

Publication Info. Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2018]


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 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  629.892 MAY    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor  New Shelf  629.8 MAY    DUE 11-25-19
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Description xvi, 275 pages, 4 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents List of illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction: made, not born -- The robot and the witch: Talos and Medea -- Medea's cauldron of rejuvenation -- The quest for immortality and eternal youth -- Beyond nature: enhanced powers borrowed from gods and animals -- Daedalus and the living statues -- Pygmalion's living doll and Prometheus's first humans -- Hephaestus: divine devices and automata -- Pandora: beautiful, artificial, evil -- Between myth and history: real automata and lifelike artifices in the ancient world -- Epilogue. Awe, dread, hope: deep learning and ancient stories -- Glossary -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
Summary Traces the story of how ancient cultures envisioned artificial life, automata, self-moving devices and human enhancements, sharing insights into how the mythologies of the past related to and shaped ancient machine innovations.
Subject Robotics -- History.
Robots -- Mythology.
Science, Ancient.
Added Title Myths, machines, and ancient dreams of technology
ISBN 9780691183510 (hardback) $29.95
0691183511 (hardback) $29.95

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