R.U.R. and the Vision of Artificial Life

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6.0 X 8.9 X 1.1 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author
Karel Čapek (1890-1938) was a Czech novelist, short story writer, playwright, and essayist best known for his dystopian works. He was the author of War with the Newts, The Makropulos Affair, The Absolute at Large, The White Disease, and many other notable works.

Jitka Čejková is Associate Professor in the Chemical Robotics Laboratory at the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague. Her research focuses on how chemical engineers can contribute to artificial life research.
"R.U.R. is fascinating and bizarre. . . . The most important contribution of the volume is a new translation of the play by Stěpán Simek . . . who manages to capture the surreal weirdness of Čapek's dark comedy of errors while making the text accessible to contemporary audiences. . . . Čapek's masterpiece reminds us first that just because we can does not mean we should."

"Makes for fascinating reading."
--IEEE Spectrum

"A must-read for anyone interested in ALife."
--Irish Times

"We are still reading [Čapek] today, and as R.U.R and the Vision of Artificial Life shows, finding new significance in everything that emerged from minds such as . . . Čapek's."
--Orwell Society

"The translation of the play, by Stĕpán Simek, is a revelation. . . . The book is well worth buying and adding to reading lists on the basis of Simek's achievement. . . . Fans of Čapek, and proponents of the possibilities of literature for investigating histories and philosophies of science, should be grateful to Jitka Čejková and Stĕpán Simek for introducing his wonderful work to a new generation."
--British Journal for the History of Science

"Čapek's far-seeing tragicomic satire blurs the lines between the human and the biomechanical."
--Arts Fuse