#TBT – NPR and Automatons

“Elizabeth King, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, describes how–according to legend–Philip II held up his end of the bargain with the help of a renowned clockmaker and an intricate invention. Jad and Latif head to the Smithsonian to meet curator Carlene E. Stephens, who shows them the inner workings of a nearly 450-year-old monkbot. ”  [Via]

Listen to Radiolab’s podcast here:

http://www.radiolab.org/story/140632-clockwork-miracle/