The Robotics Primer

by Maja J. Mataric´
The MIT Press, $30

Compiling years of her own class lectures, Maja J. Mataric´, senior associate dean for research and professor of computer science at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and professor of neuroscience at USC College, has created an introduction to robotics, taking readers from the most basic concepts – such as perception and movement – to the most novel and sophisticated topics – including humanoids, shape-shifting robots and space robotics. Writing for an audience that spans K-12 pupils, university students and educators, as well as robotics enthusiasts and anyone who’s curious, the book is accessible to the general reader.