Thursday, February 19, 2004

That Was Before We Knew As Much

"For, of course, the body is a machine. It is a vastly complex machine, many, many times more complicated than any machine ever made with hands; but still after all a machine. It has been likened to a steam engine. But that was before we knew as much about the way it works as we know now. It is really a gas engine; like the engine of an automobile, a motor boat, or a flying machine."
- Natural Wonders Every Child Should Know, Edwin Tenney Brewster, 1912

This was one of Alan Turing's favorite books as a boy.