Improbable Mechanics: A Short History of Fake Automata

  • Nadia Ambrosetti
Conference paper
Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 15)


A fake automaton is a pseudo-mechanical device that appears running by itself, while someone, generally hidden into or near the device itself, makes it work thanks to repeated inputs. This study aims to investigate their history in the long period ranging from the Antiquity to the Modern Age, by analyzing literary and historical sources.


Short History Roman World Greek Historian Travel Account Egyptian Civilization 
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  • Nadia Ambrosetti
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  1. 1.Dipartimento di Informatica e ComunicazioneUniversità degli Studi di MilanoMilanItaly

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