Best Robotics Books

Getting into robotics can be a challenging endeavor, but if you start with the right books, then learning how to program a robot can be a much easier experience.

1. Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Author: by Max Tegmark
Vintage
English
384 pages

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“This is teaching at its best!” Hans Camenzind, inventor of the 555 timer (the world’s most successful integrated circuit).”A fabulous book: well written, well paced, fun, and informative. I also love the sense of humor. It’s very good at disarming the fear.And it’s gorgeous.

I’ll be recommending this book highly.” Tom Igoe, author of Physical Computing and Making Things Talk. A “magnificent and rewarding book…. Every step of this structured instruction is expertly illustrated with photos and crisp diagrams…. This really is the best way to learn.” Kevin Kelly, in Cool Tools.

The first edition of Make: Electronics established a new benchmark for introductory texts. This second edition enhances that learning experience. Using full color on every page, hundreds of photographs and diagrams convey concepts with unmatched clarity. Platt uses a hands on approach throughout.

You learn by building your own simple circuits. You begin by blowing a fuse or burning out an LED to demonstrate voltage, amperage, and electrical resistance. As it says on the cover, “Burn things out, mess things up that’s how you learn!”The hands on approach continues with basic switching circuits.


3. Awesome Robotics Projects for Kids: 20 Original STEAM Robots and Circuits to Design and Build (Awesome STEAM Activities for Kids)

Author: by Bob Katovich
English
154 pages
1641526769

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Build your own amazing robots20 STEAM projects for kids 5 to 10! Get ready to build all kinds of incredible robotsright in your own home! Designed for young robot builders, these do-it-yourself robotics for kids projects will teach you about science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) as you assemble an amazing collection of real working robots!

From scribblebots to two-legged walkers, this book walks you through robotics for kids, one beautifully-photographed project at a time. The robots start out simple and get more advanced as you go, helping you boost your skills (and your confidence) at the same time.Get started today!

This exciting guide to robotics for kids includes:20 awesome projectsRock the world of robotics for kids with nearly two-dozen different designs for bots that glow, draw, walk, climb, and more. Full-color photosConstruction is easy thanks to clear directions and 200 step-by-step pictures that help you build your robot right.

Robots in the worldChapters are divided based on the functions of robots, showing you how they can be used to help in your day-to-day life. Discover one of the most fun ways to get into robotics for kids!


4. Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control

Author: by Stuart Russell
Penguin Books
English
352 pages

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A leading artificial intelligence researcher lays out a new approach to AI that will enable us to coexist successfully with increasingly intelligent machinesIn the popular imagination, superhuman artificial intelligence is an approaching tidal wave that threatens not just jobs and human relationships, but civilization itself.

Conflict between humans and machines is seen as inevitable and its outcome all too predictable. In this groundbreaking book, distinguished AI researcher Stuart Russell argues that this scenario can be avoided, but only if we rethink AI from the ground up.

Russell begins by exploring the idea of intelligence in humans and in machines. He describes the near-term benefits we can expect, from intelligent personal assistants to vastly accelerated scientific research, and outlines the AI breakthroughs that still have to happen before we reach superhuman AI.

He also spells out the ways humans are already finding to misuse AI, from lethal autonomous weapons to viral sabotage. If the predicted breakthroughs occur and superhuman AI emerges, we will have created entities far more powerful than ourselves. How can we ensure they never, ever, have power over us?


5. Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making More Magic Real (A Walt Disney Imagineering Book)

Author: by The Imagineers
1423107667
Disney Editions
English

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How can you make dreams come true? Or transform a fantasy into a colorful, exciting world that visitors can move through, touch, and enjoy? Such fabulous work is the daily business of Walt Disney’s Imagineers, a core group of creative and highly skilled professional wizards who combine imagination with engineering to create the reality of behind the dreams that comprise the Disney theme parks.

In this sequel to the best-selling Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind-the-Dreams Look at Making the Magic Real, the Imagineers serve up another dose of magic with an even closer look at who they are, what they do, and how they do it, illuminating their theories and explaining the tools they use, and where and how they use them.

Contained within this deluxe tome are rough drawings, conceptual models, and behind-the-scenes stories showcasing Disney’s newest attractions and innovations from the inside out. There’s also an exclusive peek inside the Research and Development Lab to see what new magic will soon be appearing.


6. The LEGO BOOST Idea Book: 95 Simple Robots and Hints for Making More!

Author: by Yoshihito Isogawa
English
264 pages
1593279841

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The LEGO BOOST Idea Book contains dozens of ideas for building simple robots with the LEGO BOOST set. The LEGO BOOST Idea Book explores 95 creative ways to build simple robots with the LEGO BOOST set. Each model includes a parts list, minimal text, screenshots of programs, and colorful photographs from multiple angles so you can re-create it without step-by-step instructions.

You’ll learn to build robots that can walk and crawl, shoot and grab objects, and even draw using a pen! Each model demonstrates handy mechanical principles that you can use to come up with your own creations. Models come with building hints and ideas for putting your own spin on things.

Best of all, every part you need to build these models comes in the LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox (set #17101).


7. Encyclopedia of Electronic Components Volume 1: Resistors, Capacitors, Inductors, Switches, Encoders, Relays, Transistors

Author: by Charles Platt
Make Community, LLC
English
296 pages

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Want to know how to use an electronic component? This first book of a three-volume set includes key information on electronics parts for your projectscomplete with photographs, schematics, and diagrams. You’ll learn what each one does, how it works, why it’s useful, and what variants exist.

No matter how much you know about electronics, you’ll find fascinating details you’ve never come across before. Convenient, concise, well-organized, and precisePerfect for teachers, hobbyists, engineers, and students of all ages, this reference puts reliable, fact-checked information right at your fingertipswhether you’re refreshing your memory or exploring a component for the first time.

Beginners will quickly grasp important concepts, and more experienced users will find the specific details their projects require. Unique: the first and only encyclopedia set on electronic components, distilled into three separate volumesIncredibly detailed: includes information distilled from hundreds of sourcesEasy to browse: parts are clearly organized by component typeAuthoritative: fact-checked by expert advisors to ensure that the information is both current and accurateReliable: a more consistent source of information than online sources, product datasheets, and manufacturer’s tutorialsInstructive: each component description provides details about substitutions, common problems, and workaroundsComprehensive: Volume 1 covers power, electromagnetism, and discrete semi-conductors; Volume 2 includes integrated circuits, and light and sound sources; Volume 3 covers a range of sensing devices.


8. Beginning C for Arduino, Second Edition: Learn C Programming for the Arduino

Author: by Jack Purdum
1484209419
Apress
English

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Beginning C for Arduino, Second Edition is written for those who have no prior experience with microcontrollers or programming but would like to experiment and learn both. Updated with new projects and new boards, this book introduces you to the C programming language, reinforcing each programming structure with a simple demonstration of how you can use C to control the Arduino family of microcontrollers.

Author Jack Purdum uses an engaging style to teach good programming techniques using examples that have been honed during his 25 years of university teaching. Beginning C for Arduino, Second Edition will teach you:The C programming language How to use C to control a microcontroller and related hardware How to extend C by creating your own libraries, including an introduction to object-oriented programmingDuring the course of the book, you will learn the basics of programming, such as working with data types, making decisions, and writing control loops.

You’ll then progress onto some of the trickier aspects of C programming, such as using pointers effectively, working with the C preprocessor, and tackling file I/O. Each chapter ends with a series of exercises and review questions to test your knowledge and reinforce what you have learned.


9. Drone FAA 107 License Study Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Pass Your 107 Test the First Time

Author: by Damon Darnall
English
124 pages
1727096533

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The Drone Boss FAA 107 Guide is designed to provide you with every thing you need to pass the FAA Part 107 exam the 1st time and become a Drone Pilot! SPECIAL BONUSES and RESOURCES LINK IN BOOK They include a FAA 107 Practice Test, The Official FAA Reference Book, FAA 107 Airspace Reference Guide, Exam Expectations Guide, How to Submit Your Exam, How to Build a Drone BusinessThis comprehensive guide is based on the structure of the exam which contains the following topics: -Rules and Regulations-National Airspace System -Weather, Loading and Performance -Operations -Airspace and Sectional ChartsDamon Darnall (The DroneBoss) has used his more than 12,000 drone flying hours and 25 years ofcommercial experience to personally teach over 9,000 people how to start theirown successful Drone business.

Join him as he guides you through the maze of information onwhat to learn to pass your FAA 107 test the first time. Inside this comprehensive guide you will learn: The Essential FAA Rules and Regulations regarding operating a dronecommercially which you need to know.

10. The Great Rupture: Three Empires, Four Turning Points, and the Future of Humanity

Author: by Viktor Shvets
English
294 pages
163337386X

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Do we need to be free to be innovative, prosperous, or even happy? The lessons of the last five centuries were unequivocal-without freedom, there could be no prosperity or happiness. However, does this still hold true in the Information Age?

Modern technologies are disrupting our societies, altering every facet of our lives, from the nature of work and what we intrinsically value, to how we are informed, entertained, and educated-it promises to be a far deeper disruption than Industrial Revolutions.

Humanity is at a major turning point, and how we respond to the merger of technology and financialization will decide our future. Will it be capitalism or communism, feudalism or despotism? By learning from the past and projecting into the future, global market strategist Viktor Shvets explores the weakening nexus between freedom and prosperity and what that means for the future of humanity.

From the birth of our modern world, pivotal events in human history have led to the collapse of non-Western civilizations-Mongol warriors sweeping across Eurasian steppes; the Black Death and a re-awakening of human spirit; Zheng He’s voyages and the collapse of Novgorod republic; and finally, the ban on printing in Arabic.

11. Encyclopedia of Electronic Components Volume 3: Sensors for Location, Presence, Proximity, Orientation, Oscillation, Force, Load, Human Input, Liquid … Light, Heat, Sound, and Electricity

Author: by Charles Platt
1449334318
Make Community, LLC
English

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Want to know how to use an electronic component? This third book of a three-volume set includes key information on electronics parts for your projects-complete with photographs, schematics, and diagrams. You’ll learn what each one does, how it works, why it’s useful, and what variants exist.

No matter how much you know about electronics, you’ll find fascinating details you’ve never come across before. Perfect for teachers, hobbyists, engineers, and students of all ages, this reference puts reliable, fact-checked information right at your fingertips-whether you’re refreshing your memory or exploring a component for the first time.

Beginners will quickly grasp important concepts, and more experienced users will find the specific details their projects require. Volume 3 covers components for sensing the physical world, including light, sound, heat, motion, ambient, and electrical sensors. Unique: the first and only encyclopedia set on electronic components, distilled into three separate volumesIncredibly detailed: includes information distilled from hundreds of sourcesEasy to browse: parts are clearly organized by component typeAuthoritative: fact-checked by expert advisors to ensure that the information is both current and accurateReliable: a more consistent source of information than online sources, product datasheets, and manufacturer’s tutorialsInstructive: each component description provides details about substitutions, common problems, and workaroundsComprehensive: Volume 1 covers power, electromagnetism, and discrete semi-conductors; Volume 2 includes integrated circuits, and light and sound sources; Volume 3 covers a range of sensing devices.

12. Arduino Cookbook: Recipes to Begin, Expand, and Enhance Your Projects

Author: by Michael Margolis
O'Reilly Media
English
796 pages

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Want to create devices that interact with the physical world? This cookbook is perfect for anyone who wants to experiment with the popular Arduino microcontroller and programming environment. You’ll find more than 200 tips and techniques for building a variety of objects and prototypes such as IoT solutions, environmental monitors, location and position-aware systems, and products that can respond to touch, sound, heat, and light.

Updated for the Arduino 1. 8 release, the recipes in this third edition include practical examples and guidance to help you begin, expand, and enhance your projects right awaywhether you’re an engineer, designer, artist, student, or hobbyist. Get up to speed on the Arduino board and essential software concepts quicklyLearn basic techniques for reading digital and analog signalsUse Arduino with a variety of popular input devices and sensorsDrive visual displays, generate sound, and control several types of motorsConnect Arduino to wired and wireless networksLearn techniques for handling time delays and time measurementApply advanced coding and memory-handling techniques

13. The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World

Author: by Pedro Domingos

Basic Books
English
352 pages

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A thought-provoking and wide-ranging exploration of machine learning and the race to build computer intelligences as flexible as our ownIn the world’s top research labs and universities, the race is on to invent the ultimate learning algorithm: one capable of discovering any knowledge from data, and doing anything we want, before we even ask.

In The Master Algorithm, Pedro Domingos lifts the veil to give us a peek inside the learning machines that power Google, Amazon, and your smartphone. He assembles a blueprint for the future universal learner-the Master Algorithm-and discusses what it will mean for business, science, and society.

If data-ism is today’s philosophy, this book is its bible.

14. The New Breed: What Our History with Animals Reveals about Our Future with Robots

Author: by Kate Darling
English
336 pages

1250296102

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For readers of The Second Machine Age or The Soul of an Octopus, a bold, exciting exploration of how building diverse kinds of relationships with robotsinspired by how we interact with animalscould be the key to making our future with robot technology workThere has been a lot of ink devoted to discussions of how robots will replace us and take our jobs.

But MIT Media Lab researcher and technology policy expert Kate Darling argues just the opposite, suggesting that treating robots with a bit of humanity, more like the way we treat animals, will actually serve us better. From a social, legal, and ethical perspective, she shows that our current ways of thinking don’t leave room for the robot technology that is soon to become part of our everyday routines.

Robots are likely to supplementrather than replaceour own skills and relationships. So if we consider our history of incorporating animals into our work, transportation, military, and even families, we actually have a solid basis for how to contend with this future.

15. Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream

Author: by Joshua Davis
FSG Originals
English
240 pages

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Finalist for the J.Anthony Lukas Book PrizeNew York Times Best SellerFour undocumented Mexican American students, two great teachers, one robot-building contest … And a major motion pictureIn 2004, four Latino teenagers arrived at the Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

They were born in Mexico but raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where they attended an underfunded public high school. No one had ever suggested to Oscar, Cristian, Luis, or Lorenzo that they might amount to muchbut two inspiring science teachers had convinced these impoverished, undocumented kids from the desert who had never even seen the ocean that they should try to build an underwater robot.

And build a robot they did. Their robot wasn’t pretty, especially compared to those of the competition. They were going up against some of the best collegiate engineers in the country, including a team from MIT backed by a $10,000 grant from ExxonMobil.

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The LEGO BOOST Activity Book

Author: by Daniele Benedettelli
English
272 pages
1593279329

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At last, fans of the LEGO BOOST robot building kit have the learning resource they’ve been missing! Enter The LEGO BOOST Activity Book: a full-color guide that will help readers learn how to build and code LEGO creations that move, explore their environment, grab and lift objects, and more.

The LEGO BOOST kit lets younger builders create fun, multifunctional robots by combining bricks with code, but it doesn’t come with a manual. With the help of this complete guide to the LEGO BOOST set, you’ll be on your way to building and programming BOOST robots in no time.

You’ll begin your exploration by building a basic rover robot called MARIO to help you learn the fundamentals of the BOOST programming environment. Next, you’ll add features to your rover to control its movement and make it repeat actions and react to colors and sounds.

Once you’ve learned some programming basics, you’ll learn how to program your robot to do things like follow lines on the ground, scan its environment to decide where to go, and even play darts. As final projects, you’ll create two complete robots: BrickPecker to help you organize your bricks and CYBOT, a robot that talks, shoots objects, and executes voice commands.