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Statistical Rethinking by Richard McElreath

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1    The Golem of Prague

In the 16th century, the House of Habsburg controlled much of Central Europe, the Netherlands, and Spain, as well as Spain’s colonies in the Americas. The House was maybe the first true world power, with the Sun always shining on some portion of it. Its ruler was also Holy Roman Emperor, and his seat of power was Prague. The Emperor in the late 16th century, Rudolph II, loved intellectual life. He invested in the arts, the sciences (including astrology and alchemy), and mathematics, making Prague into a world center of learning and scholarship. It is appropriate then that in this learned atmosphere arose an early robot, the Golem of Prague.

A golem (GOH-lem) is a clay robot known in Jewish folklore, constructed from dust ...

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