Concise Encyclopedia of Robotics
Helps in keeping up with terms and techniques facing the hobbyist. This work contains information for hobbyists and students interested in robotics, artificial intelligence, and electronics. It contains 400 definitions - all presented in a concise, well-illustrated, and non-mathe... read full description below.
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|Library of Congress
||Robotics, Artificial intelligence, Artificial intelligence
||Electronics Engineering & Communications Engineering
||Professional and scholarly
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Description of this Book
This is a 400-page, illustrated encyclopaedia, intended mainly for amateur robotics fans, electronics hobbyists and students, covering the subjects of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). The definitions are short, yet informative. There are approximately 150 illustrations. The book aims to address the need for a broad-view reference about robotics and AI. Aimed at the general, rather than professional, reader, the presentation is relatively non-mathematical. It is not intended as a problem-solving book. It will, however, help clear up confusion as to the meanings of terms and the applications (real and potential) of the technologies and systems defined. Key features of this encyclopaedia include: concise presentation; reader-friendly definitions; making complex concepts easy to understand; extensive cross-referencing; clear illustrations; coverage of the latest developments and trends; and a comprehensive bibliography.
Awards & Reviews
||Written by S. L. Tanimoto, University of Washington Robotics contains elements of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science. One of the challenges in reading a robotics text or entering the field as a hobbyist is the variety of concepts and terminology one must know. This book, a how things work for the robotics field, provides about 400 brief articles explaining concepts from acoustic proximity sensor to zooming. Some entries are very short; Guidance System, for example, requires only two sentences and refers to other articles. A longer article like Logic Gate is a page and a half long, including a diagram and table. Most topics are technical, but some are philosophical, such as Jungian World Theory. This well-written book is not an introduction to robotics--there is no history article, and no article titled Robot or Robotics --but it is likely to be a useful reference for students and hobbyists. Summing Up: Recommended. Choice 20030901
Stan Gibilisco has authored or coauthored dozens of nonfiction books about electronics and science. He first attracted attention with Understanding Einstein's Theories of Relativity (TAB Books, 1983). His Encyclopedia of Electronics (TAB Professional and Reference Books, 1985) and Encyclopedia of Personal Computing (McGraw-Hill, 1996) were annotated by the American Library Association as among the best reference volumes published in those years. Stan serves as Advisory Editor for the popular Teach Yourself Science and Mathematics book series published by McGraw-Hill. His work has gained reading audiences in several languages throughout the world.