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Advanced NXT: The Da Vinci Inventions Book (Technology in Action) Paperback – June 27, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1590598436 ISBN-10: 1590598431 Edition: 2007th

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Product Details

  • Series: Technology in Action
  • Paperback: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2007 edition (June 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590598431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590598436
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,221,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book describes how to mechanize in Lego five designs by Leonardo da Vinci. The book starts with a short and engaging introduction to Leonardo da Vinci and his work, including pictures of the original drawings of some of his designs. … Overall, the book is clear and well written. … The step-by-step instructions for building the different designs are relatively easy to follow for people who are not novices with Lego parts." (M. Gini, ACM Computing Reviews, Vol. 49 (12), December, 2008)

About the Author

Matthias Scholz is a member of the LEGO Mindstorms Community Partners Program. His NXT-related Web site is extremely popular. He is also a frequent contributor to the well-known NXT blog, The NXT STEP. He majored in mathematics at the University of Bayreuth in Germany, and has held various positions in German IT enterprises.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Todd Vaules on December 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
Just the idea behind this book makes it worth purchasing. Taking the ideas of one of the greatest minds in history and applying it to a brilliant robotic platform is genius. Relating the robots to Da Vinci's designs is a great learning experience for old and young. My 8 year-old is becoming quite a fan of Leonardo due to the use of this book.

The bots in the book are great, and the potential for extensibility is even greater. There are quite a few new NXT books out this year and this is definitely one of best especially if you are interested in tying the evolution of physics and mechanization to modern technology.

I highly recommend this book. If you are running a Lego Mindstorms team or teaching robotics using the NXT platform, do yourself a favor and pick up this book, it's a great way to enhance your curriculum.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lucy A. Condon on December 23, 2007
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There are some great ideas in this book but the pictures for construction are not that clear, with pieces hidden behind other pieces. Directions are for the more advanced of Lego's Robot builders. If you already know what you are doing, you can jump right in and go to it. For the novice or the beginner its next to impossible. I love the Da Vinci connection but clean up the photographs so that more people can take advantage of the idea.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Brillhart on November 18, 2007
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I have enjoyed many of the books in this series, but was severely disappointed when I got this one. The ideas are great - and would be really useful to my students, if the pictures that accompanied them were in any way able to be seen clearly. I tried and failed to build several of the models after my students all expressed frustration at trying to figure out what was being portrayed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edgewood & Village Booksellers LLC on February 26, 2009
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The pictures are horrible - even with a magnifying glass its very difficult to follow. This turns what should be a valuable learning experience into increasing frustration for the young engineer. Thumbs very down. The author deserved better schematic support!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol Johnson on November 11, 2008
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I was really looking forward to this book, and when I got it I enjoyed reading it. The problem is I can't build any of the projects. Each needs very many regular Lego pieces so if were not heavily into Lego as a kid you are out of luck. I priced the cost of the Lego bits ala carte for the simplest project, the revolving bridge, and it would be about $20. And not just that. Each project requires more axels and pulleys and gears that come with the NXT set. So unless you have a bunch of friends that also have NXT you are out of luck. So I am very disapointed. I wish they had put the hardware requirements on the cover and I would have saved my money.
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