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Engine Noise and Artificial Intelligence: Babbage's London

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Engine Noise and Artificial Intelligence : Babbage's London. / Williams, Gavin Tyrone.

Sound Knowledge: Music and Science in London, 1789-1851. ed. / James Q. Davies; Ellen Lockhart. University of Chicago Press, 2017. p. 203-225.

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Williams, GT 2017, Engine Noise and Artificial Intelligence: Babbage's London. in JQ Davies & E Lockhart (eds), Sound Knowledge: Music and Science in London, 1789-1851. University of Chicago Press, pp. 203-225. https://doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226402109.003.0009

APA

Williams, G. T. (2017). Engine Noise and Artificial Intelligence: Babbage's London. In J. Q. Davies, & E. Lockhart (Eds.), Sound Knowledge: Music and Science in London, 1789-1851 (pp. 203-225). University of Chicago Press. https://doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226402109.003.0009

Vancouver

Williams GT. Engine Noise and Artificial Intelligence: Babbage's London. In Davies JQ, Lockhart E, editors, Sound Knowledge: Music and Science in London, 1789-1851. University of Chicago Press. 2017. p. 203-225 https://doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226402109.003.0009

Author

Williams, Gavin Tyrone. / Engine Noise and Artificial Intelligence : Babbage's London. Sound Knowledge: Music and Science in London, 1789-1851. editor / James Q. Davies ; Ellen Lockhart. University of Chicago Press, 2017. pp. 203-225

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