Children's LiteratureAs part of the "Cool Science Books" series, this title gives an overview of robotics. From its somewhat official beginning in Switzerland in 1772, the text follows the advances made in this science and the people who have worked in this field. As early as the first century A.D. the Greeks began working with "small devices that could move on their own." Leonardo Da Vinci designed a robot in the 1400s, and when a team, using his design, built it in 2003, "the robot knight stood, sat, and raised its arms." Written at an elementary level, using words like "klutzy" and "weird and wacky," this book will appeal to readers of all ages. A glossary is included, but definitions are also scattered throughout the text. Illustrations, "Fun Facts," and text bubbles join together to support the text in providing an overview of robotics. Research by many corporations such as Sony, Honda, Toyota, Sanyo and others is discussed, as well as work done by groups like Carnegie Mellon University, the US Department of Defense, and NASA. Also included are "Source Notes," a "Selected Bibliography," and "Further Reading and Websites" on the topic. 2006, Lerner Publications Company, Ages 8 up.