- Series: MIT Press
- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: A Bradford Book; Reprint edition edition (February 7, 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262521121
- ISBN-13: 978-0262521123
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The small and cheerful book at hand, by a well-known researcher on the brain from Tübingen, has exploited the virtues of the style with unprecedented consistency, originality and aptness. His thought experiments are not analytic efforts to extract what principles lie behind an imagined observation but are instead synthetic constructions. They are little toys of the mind, devised out of simple if fictional components, entirely functionally described...[A] crisp, cogent book full of intellectual delights.(Philip Morrison Scientific American)
About the Author
Valentino Braitenberg is a director of the Max Planck Institute of Biological Cybernetics and Honorary Professor of Information Science at the University of Tübingen, West Germany.
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I've built many robots, which would fall into the book's early chapters in terms of complexity of autonomous behavior. I bought this to learn about methods for advanced autonomous behavior. And this book delivers on that goal, but it is also so much more! The first chapter is so concise and lovely, it is almost poetic. The humor and creativity remind me of Stanislaw Lem. The rich, elegant, density and brevity remind me of The Old Man and the sea. This book covers the workings of autonomous robotics for the novice to the advanced roboticist, but it is also sophisticated literature for anyone. The author is actually a Neurologist!
Still, it's an excellent book for getting your brain in gear.
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