Farewell to the Turk

This month I have been doing a few last Turk-related things before my next book comes out. First I appeared (or perhaps spoke would be the more accurate word) on Adam Hart-Davis’ Radio 4 programme, “The Eureka Years”, which looks at the inventions from a particular year — in this case, 1769, the year of the Turk’s creation. Then I gave a talk at the Oxford Museum of the History of Science, as part of their “Between the Lines” series, in which authors explain the stories behind their books and the challenges they faced in writing them. So I talked about the difficulty of separating Turk-related myth from fact and the help I received from the various Turk enthusiasts around the world (whom I have collectively dubbed the Turk mafia).

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