Books

In this page, I decided to put a short review of some of the books I own and I enjoy reading. I think it is a good thing to recommend books you like to other people, because if you do, not only you show your appreciation for the hard work their authors put into them, but you also enable other people to go and buy the books and share this pleasure with you.

 

Robo Sapiens, Evolution of a New Species

by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio

This is the first book I ever bought in relation to robotics and I absolutely loved it. It contains stunning pictures, taken by Peter Menzel, that embrace gracefully interviews by a number of robotics pioneers written by Faith D'Aluisio.

I recommend this book as the perfect gift for anyone you know that is into robotics or science in general.

The Art of Electronics

by Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill

This is a valuable reference book that teaches you how electronic circuits work. Just take your time to study any of the topics covered in the book and you will be satisfied.

This is the second edition and a third one is currently in the writing, that will cover all the latest developments in the field.

Robot Builder's Bonanza

by Gordon McComb and Myke Predko

While thumbing through the book the reader dives in the world of hobby robotics. The authors give you some insight on the issues you need to consider when building a robot from scratch.

If you like quick and dirty solutions, or if you are a Basic Stamp user, you will like this book. Sadly, I am not, so I only use this book as a general reference.

Robot Building for Beginners

by David Cook

I believe David Cook did a superb job in both of his books. It takes an absolute beginner in a step by step journey to build a simple robot and have lots of fun while doing it.

You don't need to have any prior knowledge in electronics, the author explains everything you need to know.

Intermediate Robot Building

by David Cook

In this follow up book, Cook takes you further by showing all the standard circuits hobbyists use to power and control their robots.

He also introduces you to microcontroller programming, different types of sensors and gives you a great deal of tips and tricks for all the types of robots hobbyists usually like to build.

Practical Electronics for Inventors

by Paul Scherz

This is an attractive electronics book. Packed with figures, tables and drawings, it covers all the topics a hobbyist would like to find in a book with the word practical in its title.

However, the sad thing about this book is that it contains a great deal of errata, like if it was never proofread before publishing, so keep that in mind.

Junkbots, Bugbots & Bots on Wheels

by Dave Hrynkiw and Mark W. Tilden

A truly marvelous book on what is known as BEAM robotics. It shows how you can recycle your junk hardware to create life-like mechanisms.

It only took me a few days to go from cover to cover, while prototyping a couple of the projects the authors tutor you to build.

I must tell you, even by just thumbing throught the book you feel the urge of hacking your broken electronic devices and create a new, sometimes even obscure, form of robotic art.