Von Kempelen and His Discovery; three questions.

Since Von Kempelen’s discovery was failed to be seen as a hoax by scientists, what does this tell us about science? What effects does the press have on the believability of a hoax Poe is attempting to debunk? How did the time period in which this was written play a role in Poe’s argument?

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1 Response to Von Kempelen and His Discovery; three questions.

  1. Lindsey Grubbs says:

    Hi Yemaj! I think these are all great starting points. Hopefully working with library resources tomorrow will lead you to more specific and direct questions about some of them. For instance, you might be able to find some good historical context on alchemy more specifically (which would help answer the third question). The entry on Von Kempelen on the Museum of Hoaxes has some interesting info that maybe you could dig further into!

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