Albertus Magnus and the Automaton – or Androides


In a post titled Albertus Magnus as Scientist, I described the legend that Albertus Magnus manufactured an automaton that, my means of mercury, probably was able to move and make sounds. It is said that Thomas Aquinas, surprised by this automaton in the middle of the night, smashed it, crying “Salve!Salve!” – I found a source dating back to 1753.

And I am happy to report, that this story has been taken up by Christopher Anadale, PhD. in this youtube video:

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