Ramblin' Robots: Building a Breed of Mechanical Beasts

Ramblin' Robots: Building a Breed of Mechanical Beasts

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by Ingrid Wickelgren
     
 

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Venture Books are a valuable resource for teens looking for advanced information. Covering topics of special interest to young people, these books include black & white photographs and diagrams; a bibliography; a glossary, where appropriate; and an index.

Can humans create life? Scientists in robot labs all across the country and across the world are working toward

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Venture Books are a valuable resource for teens looking for advanced information. Covering topics of special interest to young people, these books include black & white photographs and diagrams; a bibliography; a glossary, where appropriate; and an index.

Can humans create life? Scientists in robot labs all across the country and across the world are working toward this goal. They strive to craft the smartest, most agile, most human machines ever seen. The book emphasizes researchers who model their robots after animals. Many follow the path of animal evolution, starting with simple skills and then adding more sophisticated smarts after many robot generations.

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Gr 7 Up-This useful overview focuses on recent attempts to create independent, mobile robots. The first chapters offer a definition and brief history of robotics, followed by a survey of some working robots, all of which are limited to specific tasks or require human guidance. Most of the book concentrates on the challenges involved in making robots that can simulate human and animal behavior. Wickelgren does an excellent job of explaining the obstacles faced by scientists and the various ways they have tried to overcome them. She neatly ties in the importance of biology to the mechanics of robotics, noting how crucial the study of animal movement and sensation has been to the field. The writing is clear and well organized, with occasional injections of humor. Enthusiasm for robotics is gently tempered with reminders of how far away we still are from developing machines that will truly act like humans. The black-and-white photographs are less successful. A few are not clear enough to make out key details, and many robots are described in some depth without an accompanying photo. Ellen Thro's Robotics (Facts on File, 1993) has broader coverage, but the writing is less lively. Gloria Skurzynski's Robots (S & S, 1990) has much more visual appeal, but less in-depth discussion. With its emphasis on current projects and an engaging text, Ramblin' Robots will be a welcome addition to most collections.-Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531113011
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Series:
Venture Books Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

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