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161. Modern Control Design With MATLAB and SIMULINK
by AshishTewari
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Catlog: Book (2002-04-03)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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A direct approach to control system design.

Modern Control Design - with MATLAB and SIMULINKoffers a straightforward treatment of control system theory and applications. It is a unique amalgam of classical and state-space design techniques, with MATLAB/SIMULINK examples interwoven with the text. Contemporary engineering control systems of various kinds are covered in a clear and concise manner, and the book is written with enthusiasm in an inspiring style. The overall result is a mathematically rigorous coverage of essential topics, without undue formal drudgery, or excessive theoretical detail. The material is arranged in such a way that concepts evolve in a logical manner, whereby appropriate techniques fit like a glove.

A broad spectrum of topics ranging from classical control to optimal, robust, digital, and nonlinear control are included. Advanced topics such as H-infinity design and &b.mu; -synthesis also feature in this comprehensive textbook. Whereas other controls engineering textbooks are inclined to dwell more on the evaluation of controls formulae and rules of application, this book emphasizes 'in-line' execution of control techniques to non-trivial application problems through MATLAB, in order to produce, visualize and investigate results. This hands-on scheme of learning is effective in grasping and appreciating controls concepts.

A number of exercises are found at the end of the chapters, with numerical answers provided to some exercises. Numerous design examples from all engineering disciplines, along with the author's simple approach in explaining theoretical concepts, make this book an ideal text for students, as well as a valuable professional reference.

  • Not just another MATLAB book, because it lends intimate acquaintance with the "why" and "what" of control concepts, and the underlying theory.

  • Easily read and understood.

  • MATLAB/SIMULINK examples clear, concise, and directly integrated into the text.

  • Students learn to use MATLAB/SIMULINK as tools (not as black boxes).

  • Comprehensive coverage of topics, from classical control to optimal, robust, state-space control.
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162. Programming and Customizing the AVR Microcontroller
by DhananjayGadre
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Asin: 007134666X
Catlog: Book (2000-09-18)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics
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Average Customer Review: 3.05 out of 5 stars
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This reader-friendly guide shows you how to take charge of the newest, mostversatile microcontrollers around, Atmel's AVR RISC chip family. Inside, Electronics World writer and astronomy instrumentation developer Dhananjay V. Gadre walks you from first meeting these exciting new computers-on-a-chip all the way through design and ready-to-launch products. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars this book is the best for a newbie
this book is the best for a newbie,

it contains all the information needed for full development on many projects, it explains many protocols and techniques, it has information about various peripherals and how to control them. the cd - rom is very well written and the examples are great.

my first microcontroller was AVR, i knew almost nothing at that time, this book helped me to develop almost all my projects with success. there is no doubt that it will help everyone who wants to know about AVRs. I consider this book as one of the best i have.

2-0 out of 5 stars This book is old
There is some usable information here but much of the code is not very well documented like the LCD software. Better off just
downloading examples and data sheets from avrfreaks.com

Marginally useful for beginner.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for a beginner.
If you already know the Atmel AVR instruction set, skip this book...it is not for you. If you are new to microcontrollers and are thinking about getting into the wonderful Atmel AVR products, this is a great assembly level reference.
Sure...you could pick up datasheets and struggle with the cryptic explanations of the various commands. You could try to read multiple app notes on the Atmel web site. But for a good general overview of what this processor can do, along with well annotated examples, pick this book up.
As a total beginner, myself, this was my first foray into microcontrollers, and this particular book really helped my *comfort level*. "Comfort", it turns out, is an important part to coding one's first project. The examples on the CD are a little slim, but do have some useful sections of code.
Finally, if you have not done so already (I hope amazon lets me put in this address), check out www.avrfreaks.org AvrFreaks.org is the definitive site for questions, answers, examples from real users of the AVR controllers. Combine this book with the AVRFreaks web site and you'll feel like you can accomplish just about anything.
Best of luck.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginers.
Not knowing much about Atmel's AVR series I bought this book as a guide for future projects. And i must say i was not disappointed. This book is an excellent complement to the AVR data sheets and provides some real innovative projects for newbies, who want to get their hand dirty with the AVR. A must buy!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it!!
To tell you the truth, this was one of my worst bougth ever!! I can't see any other reason for you to buy this book except for the projects described in it. But thees projects are so bad that there aren't really any reason at all! The shematics are really old fassion and can be quite hard to understand!! (Have they been made with an Indian shematic editor??) The software that Mr Dhananjay describes in the book, and are included on the cd are totally out of date!!

Don't spend your money on this ... like I did!! ... Read more


163. Animatronics: Guide to Holiday Displays
by Edwin Wise
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Asin: 0790612194
Catlog: Book (2000-08-01)
Publisher: Prompt (DPI - 8/01)
Sales Rank: 72716
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Author Edwin Wise takes the reader inside his world of robotics in an innovative guide to designing, developing, and building animated displays centered around the holidays of Halloween and Christmas. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Were in the book is the fog chiller and glowing water??
The entire reason I bought this book was for the back ground projects glowing water and fog chiller. I read the book twice and did not see it in there. If anyone has found this please e-mail me. Other than that big disapoinment I found the book good. There are alot of good ideas. The writer leaves alot to your own imagination.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great resource for Halloween
This book had everything I needed to get some animation into my displays! I highly recommend this book. Mr. Wise gives all the information you will need (math, physics, etc), but presents it in an easy to understand format. Be the talk of your neighborhood next Halloween

5-0 out of 5 stars Oops!
There is an error on the back cover! It claims some additional "background" projects -- alas, these were dropped when we moved the from being a Halloween-only text, to an all-seasons book.

Other than that, it's a great book! (Of course, I wrote it, so...) ... Read more


164. Mind World : Essays in Phenomenology and Ontology
by David Woodruff Smith
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Catlog: Book (2004-03-15)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Developing ideas drawn from historical figures such as Descartes, Husserl, Aristotle, and Whitehead, this collection of essays explores the structure of consciousness and its place in the world and, inversely, the structure of the world and the place of consciousness in it. Among the topics covered are: the phenomenological aspects of experience, dependencies between experience and the world and the basic ontological categories found in the world at large. ... Read more


165. Robots, Androids andAnimatrons, Second Edition : 12 Incredible Projects You Can Build
by John Iovine
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Asin: 0071376836
Catlog: Book (2001-10-29)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics
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Average Customer Review: 3.26 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting and worthwhile
Robots, Androids and Animatrons covers a lot of bases. It provides tantalizing information and commentary on technology currently under development and envisioned for the coming few decades. The text is clear, and the projects are straightforward, creative and interesting. Iovine provides a taste of a variety of technologies, and ideas about where to go for additional, related information outside the scope of the book. This is not the consummate 'bot hobbyist's manual that McComb's Robot Builder's Bonanza is, but it will make a valuable addition to many an enthusiast's library. The style of the text is geared toward younger and less experienced readers. For example, Iovine discusses the BASIC Stamp, and does not discuss any other microcontrollers. He does not go into much detail or depth on any particular topic. I'd say that Iovine's audience is probably best represented by scientifically-inclined high-school students. However, there is an interesting section on employing DTMF (touch-tone dialing) for remote control which I think would tickle the fancy of any hobbyist. There are also sections on speech control, telepresence, pneumatics, and a robotic fish that contain information I haven't seen duplicated elsewhere. Not all of Iovine's projects are cheap. Some of the required parts are a little exotic, and may only be available through Images Company, to which John constantly refers. Readers seeking less expensive or alternative sources may have to get creative. But this is a minor inconvenience. Robotics isn't a cheap hobby, exotic parts are sometimes unavoidable, and Iovine's projects are super neat. His book is interesting and worthwhile.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good book!!
This book is great for the beginner. Iovine explains the subject matter in a way that makes it exciting and fun. He has a way of getting the exciting vision of building robots across to the reader. The book makes it easy to get parts needed for the projects from the authors web site. I'm really looking forward to his new book, Pic Robotics!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm glad I finally found a decent book on pics!
This was the 3rd book I purchased on pics. The other 2 books - one by Myke Predko (awful), the other by David L. Benson (dissapointing.)

I wish this had been the first. Although not geared specificly towards pics, that was my reason for buying it. I was interested in pics and robotics; so this book was right up my alley.

Admittedly the book has numerous plugs for a company the guy obviously works for, owns, or gets kickbacks from! And he wants you to put out a considerable about of cash from the get go to purchase items he wants you to use in order to follow along with him. However, that doesn't bother me. I never build any projects I see in these type of books. I only use them for learning - I build my own projects.

This book did teach me quite a bit about pics. Which was my goal. He didn't bog you down with the history or innards of pics like other books. Which I am not interested in. The book was a great mixture of hardware and software topics...

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in pics... Subsequently I purchased another book by him simply because I saw his name on it and I wasn't dissapointed! I'm looking forward to other books by John Iovine in the future...

4-0 out of 5 stars Projects can be a bit pricy.
The illustrations and text I found to be very helpful for a project I was working on, but the supplies the book recommends can usually de difficult to find, and can tend to be a bit pricy.
I recommend visiting a local toy store after deciding on a project, and buying toys with the parts you need. Its more fun to make one thing into another anyway.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book has changed my life.
I bought this book with the humble desire of creating a simple companion. After I finished, the Creation turned on me and my family and reprogrammed my VCR. It then proceeded to change the message on my answering machine. It somehow convinced my Nissan truck not to allow me inside. I fear for my life. How could I have let it go this far? All I really wanted was a cute little Furby but I ended up with a cyber-monster with dreams of wiping out humans and creating a robotic Utopian Hell.....other than that, the book was pretty cool. ... Read more


166. Automated Planning : Theory& Practice
by Paolo Traverso, Malik Ghallab, Dana Nau
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Asin: 1558608567
Catlog: Book (2004-05-03)
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
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Automated planning technology now plays a significant role in a variety of demanding applications, ranging from controlling space vehicles and robots to playing the game of bridge. These real-world applications create new opportunities for synergy between theory and practice: observing what works well in practice leads to better theories of planning, and better theories lead to better performance of practical applications.

Automated Planning mirrors this dialogue by offering a comprehensive, up-to-date resource on both the theory and practice of automated planning. The book goes well beyond classical planning, to include temporal planning, resource scheduling, planning under uncertainty, and modern techniques for plan generation, such as task decomposition, propositional satisfiability, constraint satisfaction, and model checking.

The authors combine over 30 years experience in planning research and development to offer an invaluable text to researchers, professionals, and graduate students.

*Comprehensively explains paradigms for automated planning.
*Provides a thorough understanding of theory and planning practice, and how they relate to each other.
*Presents case studies of applications in space, robotics, CAD/CAM, process control, emergency operations, and games.

*Provides a thorough understanding of AI planning theory and practice, and how they relate to each other.
*Covers all the contemporary topics of planning, as well as important practical applications of planning, such as model checking and game playing.
*Presents case studies and applications in planning engineering, space, robotics, CAD/CAM, process control, emergency operations, and games.
*Provides lecture notes, examples of programming assignments, pointers to downloadable planning systems and related information online.
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167. Geographic Information Systems and Science
by Paul A.Longley, Michael F.Goodchild, David J.Maguire, David W.Rhind
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Asin: 0471892750
Catlog: Book (2001-08-01)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Sales Rank: 70934
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Geographic Information Systems and Science is a landmark in the evolution of GIS. It is a book that captures and redefines the richness and diversity of GIS, in an accessible form. It presents a clearly-defined path to a world of learning about GIS, using the Internet and closely-couples reference sources. It is richly produced and illustrated unlike any other in the field, with over 300 full color illustrations.

Geographic Information Systems and Science is unique in several ways. It presents comprehensive treatments of:
*Geographic Information Science - the scientific context to GIS, technical content and geographic implications
*The real value of GIS - illustrated using real world applications. Treatments emphasize operational, tactical and strategic issues
*The impact of Internet GIS on interdisciplinary science and society
*The pivotal role of GIS as a business driver in the information age - including the role of GIS as a business asset and the operational dynamics of its use in practice

The book is the first to provide a gateway to Internet-based classroom and distance learning. A series of modules of the ESRI Virtual Campus have been specially written around the material in this book, and detailed learning guides identify other on-line sources. Additional free supplementary reference material is available through a Web site dedicated to the book
Contents
The book begins by developing the themes of GI Systems and GI Science, and illustrates the practical value of GIS through real case studies. The major parts then consider:
*GIS Principles
*GIS Techniques
*GIS Practice

A concluding section anticipates the future of GIS and prospects for the people who use it.

This book is suitable for 2nd/3rd year undergraduates taking courses in GIS within departments of Geography, Environmental Science, Forestry, Business Studies and Economics, Computer Science, Information Technology, Planning, and Archaeology. It is also suitable as a foundation course taught in M.Sc. and other higher degree programs. Its user-friendly format is designed to appeal to professionals working for federal, state and local organizations.
Paul A. Longley - University College London,UK
David J. Maguire - ESRI, Redlands CA, USA
Michael F. Goodchild - University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good information, but strange use of the English language
This book is a textbook for a course I am taking. The information is good, but the writers use strange sentence construction from time to time, making the material hard to understand, and a rather dry.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended by GIS instructor
I use this book to teach my university-level students. As someone who prefers a practical approach to GIS, but still wishes to back it up with theory, I have great appreciation for this book. It provides an excellent overview of topics relevant to GIS without overwhelming computer-wary students. Don't be fooled by the colorful, pretty pictures in this book,though-this is a serious primer on almost every theoretical topic related to GIS. My students tell me they especially like how much of the theory is backed up with practical examples. I especially recommend this book to GIS professionals who wish they had a background in Geography. It tells you everything you need to know and little that you don't.

One caveat-if you are not an ESRI user (ArcInfo, ArcView, ArcGIS) this may not be the book for you. Although other software packages are covered in the examples, the focus is heavily on ESRI.

5-0 out of 5 stars The bar has been raised┬┐
For years I've searched for a GIS textbook comparable in scope and design to the standard Biology, Geography or Physics text. The existing GIS texts were either overly dense or painfully reductionist, lacked the interdisciplinary range necessary to fully represent the art of GISc, were minimally illustrated and designed, and generally failed to inspire students and practitioners alike. The new textbook by Longley, et al, challenges the conventions of the GISc textbook and in the process raises the bar on what we should expect from these texts.

A few of the features of this marvelous text: Illustrated in glorious full color, includes the range of fields and disciplines making use of GISc (Civil Engineering, Geography, Urban Planning, Environmental Science, Business, etc.), presents GIS within its broader scientific context (the "GIScience" in the title), leads the reader through the discipline by first presenting the principles of the field, then the techniques, and finally gives real world examples in its practices section, written at a fundamental level yet doesn't shy away from advanced language and applications when appropriate.

A wonderful addition to GISc literature, I heartily recommend this text for any intermediate GISc course looking to explore the richness of this exciting field. ... Read more


168. Understanding Building Automation Systems
by Reinhold A. Carlson, Robert B. Giadomenico
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Catlog: Book (1991-06-01)
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169. Adaptive Control Systems: Techniques and Applications (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
by V. V. Chalam
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Catlog: Book (1987-04-01)
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170. Adaptive Control (2nd Edition)
by Karl Johan Astrom, Bjorn Wittenmark
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5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book to Study Adaptive Control
I found this book explains the field of adaptive control very well. It covers its basic theory, its proof, and also its application. It is very good book for anybody who has interest in adaptive contro, and for anybody who will just begin to study about adaptive control.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best First Book on Subject
One of the best introductory books on the subjects. I've been able to implement real adaptive controllers using this book. Particularly good for sliding-mode controllers, variable-structure controllers and adaptive PID controllers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Skips some math, but implementable algorithms
I found this text to be an overall excellent compilation of many different adaptive techniques. If you are looking for a text to contain proofs versus 'justifications', then this book isn't for you (steps are skipped to emphasize the result). However, if you implement the algorithms, you will get the results as stated. The book states up front that it is limited to SISO. However, in the references at the end of a chapter, you will find MIMO references (IEEE pubs, etc). I've enjoyed the book, and I'm keeping it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand introduction to adaptive control
This book is easy to understand compared to other adaptive control texts. The examples are interwoven with the text. The theoretical complexity of adaptive control is contained in a few chapters and can be visited after some experience with the practical aspects have been obtained. ... Read more


171. Introduction To The Physics and Techniques of Remote Sensing
by CharlesElachi
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Catlog: Book (1987-08-26)
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
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The first edition of Introduction to the Physics and Techniques of Remote Sensing was a comprehensive overview of the basics behind remote-sensing physics, techniques, and technology. This Second Edition builds on that overview through extensive updates, additions, and expansions in content and the replacement of almost 500f the figures. It discusses in detail the basic physics of wave/matter interactions techniques of remote sensing across the electromagnetic spectrum (UV, visible, infrared, mm, and microwave), and the concepts behind remote sensing techniques currently established and future ones under development. Applications of remote sensing are described for a wide spectrum of earth and planetary atmosphere and surface sciences, including geology, oceanography, resource observation and atmospheric sciences, and ionospheric studies. ... Read more


172. INSIDE Rhinoceros® 3
by Ron K.C. Cheng
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Catlog: Book (2003-08-05)
Publisher: OnWord Press (Acquired Titles)
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Average Customer Review: 1.67 out of 5 stars
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A balanced presentation combining theory, concepts, and tutorials is at the heart of this introduction to 3D computer modeling that is written to the latest version of Rhinoceros, Release 3.Special emphasis is given to understanding theoretical issues on NURBS (nonuniform rational B-splines) curves and surfaces as well as practical issues on the use of Rhinoceros to construct and design 3D free-form models.Real-world applications of NURBS modeling and step-by-step Rhino tutorials help acquaint novices with key features and functions of the software.Advanced users will enjoy the comprehensive nature of the material as a reference for using Rhinoceros to work on their industrial and engineering design projects. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible
Do not buy this book. Instead buy the online Rhino video tips from Mcneel. I bought this book expecting to learn something only to discover that the stuff I learned was useless.

The author spends the majority of the book explaining in detail--like the help menu--the various functions of Rhino, and NURBS in general. He then attempts to use every possible command to create the joystick, toothbrush, toy car, and shoe projects.

1-0 out of 5 stars Save your time and money
Numerous omissions and typos made for a very frustrating read. Mislabeled drawings and missing or erroneous instructions made exercises difficult to follow. Fundamental exercises were superficial and fragmented without logical development or context making retention difficult. Rhino's supplied Level 1 and Level 2 Training Materials are far superior in all regards. Don't waste your time and money. The publisher and author were e-mailed regarding problems but no response.

3-0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Helpful
This book has a good overview and general explanation of how things are designed in 3D. It takes you through the commands and tools step by step, with surprisingly few misprints. The CD that comes with it has the free demo program, and some tutorials. However, the lack of a glossary makes it an unnecessarily tedious read for anyone not familiar with advanced geometry and math. My dictionary wasn't much help. More serious omissions became apparent as I tried to use Rhino, like the very short entry on Boolean Unions. He doesn't even mention that they can fail to work, much less offer any solutions. This book saved me some time learning basic tools, and helped with general concepts, and is probably better than not having a text at all. I haven't bought Rhino yet, so I can't compare this to the manual that comes with the program. ... Read more


173. Joe Nagata's LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ Idea Book
by Joe Nagata
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Catlog: Book (2001-04)
Publisher: No Starch
Sales Rank: 44601
Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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Lots of engineers--and more than a few others--cherish their memories of childhood Lego kits. Indeed, one-time finger-on-the-pulse author Douglas Coupland used Lego blocks as a metaphor for the community of under-30 software workers in his book, Microserfs. With the release of LEGO MindStorms, the nubbly toys come of age with motors, sensors, and--most importantly--the ability to follow procedural rules described in software programs. Joe Nagata's LEGO MindStorms Idea Book is a fantastic companion to the mechanized pieces: well worth the cover price for anyone who's played around with MindStorms and is looking for project ideas.

Nagata covers both sides of the MindStorms equation--mechanical construction and logical control--very well. Every step in the physical assembly procedure for each robot is clearly illustrated with orthographic drawings similar to those in Lego kit documentation. Color would make these drawings even better (they're printed in contrasting gray tones, with color pictures of each finished project in a center section) but would probably add a lot to the price. The coverage of software is good too, consisting variously (depending on the complexity of the program) of a screen shot of the MindStorms visual programming environment or a listing of Not Quite C (NQC) code. This book achieves what should be the main goal of any book about Lego blocks: it gets the reader thinking about ways to modify and expand on the ideas in it. --David Wall

Topics covered: How to construct and program a variety of creatures, vehicles, and machines with LEGO MindStorms pieces. Projects include (this list is comprehensive) a car, a centipede, a vehicle that skates, a dinosaur, a train that runs on tracks, a walker with articulated legs, a segmented vehicle that will climb over obstacles, an analog clock, a six-legged bug that can be made to turn right and left, and a very (very) cool car, in which the motor is used not for direct propulsion, but to compress air that propels the vehicle forward. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars beginners will enjoy it
this is a very basic book, if you are just starting with MindStorms or if you are 12 years old, then you'll like it. Hackers, dont think about getting it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A completely "user friendly" tutorial and "how to" guide
Joe Nagata's Lego Mindstorms Idea Book is a completely "user friendly" tutorial and "how to" guide book to making working robots. Profusely illustrated with more than 250 original CAD drawings and offering summaries of engineering principles and programming code, readers are easily able to understand how each robot works. Each robot building project includes a parts list as well as step-by-step instructions for their creation. Joe Nagata's Lego Mindstorms Idea Book is strongly recommended for anyone of any age or background who has ever watched an episode of "Robot Wars" and wanted to get in on the fun!

2-0 out of 5 stars Interesting ideas but lousy execution
Perhaps I'm spoiled by Dave Baum's great books but I found this book very frustrating. Some of the bots are interesting but I was unable to build most of them because they require extra parts that don't come in the Lego Mindstorms RIS. That'd be OK if the book told you what extra part syou need but I'd get 70% done and find myself short 6 #3 elbows (or whatever). True, he lists the needed parts before each bot, but he doesn't tell you which ones aren't part of the RIS. Baum does. Also, the pictures in the book lack contrast so it is hard to see details and the "steps" aren't specific. Buy the Baum books instead.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not Quite 5 stars
This book is a very good resource for learning the mechanical aspects of Mindstorms robots. The book provides step-by-step detail for several robot creations, with a range of complexities.

PROS: Detailed building plans and programs. Building tips to help you understand the principals behind the design. Joe Nagata: just go to his web site to see his LEGO creations and you'll know you're in good hands. Some really inventive creations, like the "water skater," a wheeled 'bot that propels itself using the same motion that a skater would use.

CONS: You'll need more parts than come with the standard Mindstorms kit. The book doesn't seem to be laid out correctly -the instructions for the current frame are adjacent to the next frame. Once you figure it out, it's not a problem. Some of the models didn't work very well as built - this is actually a PRO if you like to learn by troubleshooting.

5-0 out of 5 stars You need this book!
This is the book Lego Maniacs everywhere have been waiting for. It has very good robots, complete parts lists, and easy to follow plans. If you have been looking for additional building plans - now you have them! ... Read more


174. Modeling, Analysis, and Control of Dynamic Systems
by William J.Palm
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A Comprehensive Introduction to a Dynamic Field More modeling.more controls.more electrical and mechanical devices.. The second edition contains more coverage of key topics for a comprehensive introduction to dynamic systems and control. This includes modeling and analysis techniques, the fundamentals and applications of control systems, transfer functions, sensitivity and robust control, and digital control. Engineering design is also emphasized throughout the text with case studies, design examples, problems, and extensive hardware coverage. Key Features of the Second Edition
* Extensive coverage on modeling is expanded to four chapters. The selection of engineering examples and the clear writing effectively relates the math methods to the real world.
* Laplace transform response techniques are introduced as needed in the context of engineering applications. This approach clearly demonstrates the need for and the power of these techniques.
* Case studies are integrated throughout the text to provide in-depth treatment of practical engineering applications such as motion control system design, electromechanical system design, vehicle suspension design, and aircraft response modes.
* Optional sections at the end of each chapter introduce Matlab commands and applications relevant to the chapter's topics.
* Digital controller design using Matlab is covered without the need for z-transform theory.
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175. Lippincott's Magnetic Resonance Imaging Review
by Gregory L. Wheeler, Shappell, Kathryn E. Withers
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Here's the perfect review tool for radiologic technologiststaking the ARRT's Advanced Qualifications Examination in MagneticResonance Imaging. It's packed with over 700 questions and answerscovering all aspects of MRI. Detailed explanations of answers andreferences for further study help reinforce problem areas. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars review
This book has lots of helpful questions, however, it seems to be a bit dated as of today, 2004. For example, it states that the body coil is the best coil to use in imaging the pelvis vs. a surface coil. No one I talked to, and I talked to many with much more experience than I , could find the reasoning behind that.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great review book for MRI Registry.
The book is divided in sections as described by the A.R.R.T. examination. Tons of questions, with nice explanations in the answer key. Also includes Practice Test. ... Read more


176. Remote Sensing: The Image Chain Approach (Oxford Series in Optical and Imaging Sciences)
by John R. Schott
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An ideal reference for practioners, this book deals with the fundamental ideas underlying the rapidly growing field of remote sensing, The author explores energy-matter interaction, radiation propagation, data dissemination, and describes the tools and procedures required to extract information from remotely sensed data using the image chain approach. Organizations and individuals often focus on one aspect of the problem before considering it as a whole, thus investing unjustified effort, time, and expense to get minimal improvement. Unlike other books on the subject, Remote Sensing treats the process as a continuous flow. Schott examines the limitations obstructing the flow of information to the user, employing numerous applications of remote sensing to earth observation disciplines. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A good book...but not great
Most hard-core remote sensing engineers would love this book, especially those interested in the overall design and physics of sensors themselves. I don't reference it as much as other texts I own on the subject, although I do reluctantly consider it a "must have" for remote sensing students who are interested in pursuing the field further. The price tag was not student-friendly, however. ... Read more


177. Hydraulic Control Systems
by Herbert E.Merritt
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The use of hydraulic control is rapidly growing and the objective of this book is to present a rational and well-balanced treatment of its components and systems. Coverage includes a review of applicable topics in fluid mechanisms; components encountered in hydraulic servo controlled systems; systems oriented issues and much more. Also offers practical suggestions concerning testing and limit cycle oscillation problems. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Hydrauic Control Systems
Great to see a good book on Hydraulics after a long time.

The books presents an easy way to understand the theory behind the Hydraulic Control systems with attractive diagrams.

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178. Estimation, Control, and the Discrete Kalman Filter (Applied Mathematical Sciences)
by Donald E. Catlin
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This is a one semester text for students in mathematics, engineering, and statistics. Most of the work that has been done on Kalman filter was done outside of the mathematics and statistics communities, and in the spirit of true academic parochialism was, with a few notable exceptions, ignored by them. This text is Catlin's small effort toward closing that chasm. For mathematics students, the Kalman filtering theorem is a beautiful illustration of Functional Analysis in action; Hilbert spaces being used to solve an extremely important problem in applied mathematics. For statistics students, the Kalman filter is a vivid example of Bayesian statistics in action. ... Read more


179. The Ultimate Palm Robot (Consumer)
by Kevin Mukhar, Dave Johnson
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Recorded too many addresses you'll never need? Can't remember how the make a question mark in Graffiti? Recycle your old handheld and build your own Palm-powered robot. Complete with proprietary software designed specially for Osborne to assist with robot operation. ... Read more


180. The Turk: The Life and Times of the Famous Eighteenth-Century Chess-Playing Machine
by Tom Standage
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This is the true account of the 18th-century mechanical man, powered by clockwork, dressed in a Turkish costume, and capable of playing chess. Created by a Hungarian nobleman, the machine-man known as The Turk traveled Europe and America, made the acquaintance of Benjamin Franklin, Catherine the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Edgar Allan Poe. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars From Maria Theresa to Kasparov, by fermed
This is a delightful book that takes one cultural artifact (a mechanical chess playing machine that looks like a human being and is dressed in oriental opulence, "The Turk") and follows its entire life, from its conceptualization and manufacture to its final demise in a fire in Philadelphia. The period of the Turk's life lasted 85 years, and the people who somehow met and interacted with it were such luminaries Napoleon, and Charles Babbage (inventor of the first computer, sort of), and P. T. Barnum. Edgar Allan Poe started an entire genre (the short detective story) by writing "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," in part inspired by the mental exercise of trying to figure out how The Turk worked. Silas Wier Mitchell, the famous American Civil War physician and neurologist, actually owned The Turk before donating it to the Chinese museum in which it finally perished. Literally hundreds of Europe's intellectuals, and crowned heads, and glitterati of one sort or another played chess against the famous automaton, and usually (but not always) lost the game. And nobody except the operators knew the secret of the machine.

The Turk was the work of Wolfgang Kempelen, an engineer and an aid to the Austro-Hungarian Empress Maria Theresa, who called him to court so that he could explain to her the magic and the related magnetic games that were being demonstrated by a Frenchman by the name of Pelletier in the various courts of Europe. Maria Theresa, being of a scientific mind herself, wanted a respected official to uncover the trickery (if any) involved in Pelletier's performance. Mr. Kempelen explained each act as it was being performed, and was so unimpressed by the whole show that he boasted that if he had six months of free time he would be able to construct a really impressive automaton that would outclass anything then being shown in Europe. Maria Therese took him up on the challenge, and ordered him to go home, build his marvel in six months, and forget his duties to the state during that period.

Six months passed and in the Spring of 1770 Mr. Kempelen arrived in court with the Turk in tow. It was a life-size wood carving of a man wearing Turkish garb, seated at a table, with only one movable arm (the left)with dexterous fingers, and with a fixed gaze that stared down at a chess board. On the night of the first demonstration, Kempelen wheeled the figure before the audience, opened the various doors of the table, showing an impressive set of elaborate and mysterious clockwork and allowing the audience to look through the various openings, shining a candle for behind, so that they would see they were either empty or full of wheels and cogs, but free of any human being. When he convinced everyone that there was nothing hiding inside the machine, Kempelen invited one of the courtiers to sit at the table and play against the Turk. He used a large key to wind it up, and when he released a lever the Turk moved his head as if scanning the board, and suddenly reached out his arm and moved a piece. The game had began! Every ten moves or so, Kempelen would wind up the mechanism again, giving it the additional energy to proceed with the game. The Turk, of course, won the match that launched his famous career.

The author follows this career carefully and only after the Turk's life was ended does he reveal the method used by Kempelen (and others that owned the automaton). That is fair enough, giving the book the measure of suspense it should have in order to keep the reader excited and able to create his or her theory about how the machine operated and hold it until the end of the book.

The book does not end with the demise of the Turk, but it extends into the realm of the Kasparov - Deep Blue matches of 1996 (Kasparov won) and 1997 (D B won). It is a thoroughly delightful book to get into, and a hard one to put down. Even after the secrets of the machine are revealed, one is left in utter amazement about the Turk and its rambunctious life.

4-0 out of 5 stars An unsung gem
Although a familiarity with chess will help, you don't need to be an enthusiast to enjoy this excellent book. Lovers of magic, mysteries, showmanship, mechanical engineering, computers, game theory, psychology, math and history will all find this a fascinating and engrossing story, as will anyone with a smattering of intellectual curiosity. Standege has created a faithful history that is also a page turner. The tale of The Turk is amazing; for its celebrated encounters with formidable intellects ranging from Napolean to Edgar Allan Poe; for its effect on the fortunes and misfortunes of its inventor and promoters; for its role as an inspirer of modern computing; and also for the sad fact that few people today have heard of the automaton that once enthralled and baffled people in dozens of countries through two centuries. Even more compelling is the book's subtext about credulity and the public's ready willingness to believe what what their eyes show them, even when their brains know that it is not possible.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lee Dugatkin
A fantastic read. Simply one of the most enjoyable, fast-paced, non-fiction, books I have read in years.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Very Fun
I might be a bit biased since my grandfather used to tell me about this automaton, but on the other hand I don't particularly like chess, so on balance I feel justified reviewing. This is a terrific book, a short, breezy read about an audacious incident that is deservedly still legendary. Really something you can't put down. On top of legitimate sounding details, Standage provides a solution that is reasonably satisfying for how this thing worked. I would have liked more detail on some of the mechanisms and on how the machine came to have an apparently rare-at-the-time solution to a classic chess puzzle ("the knight's tour"; I think I understand what Standage is getting at with this, but he never really spells it out). But with the inventor long dead and the machine consumed in a fire, these details are probably lost to history. What remains is fun and well worth reading. [Note that the "other" Turk book currently in print contains all the primary sources but costs $50. Standage uses that book as a source in producing this book, which is pitched at a more general audience. My advice: read this one and either or both of Steven Millhauser's novellas about automatons, then see if you can find somebody willing to lend you the big book.]

3-0 out of 5 stars The "original" chess playing machine
Tom Standage investigates one of the 18th century's most interesting mysteries, the chess playing automaton "The Turk." Part detective story and part technological history, THE TURK combines a tale of man's fascination with the concept of "thinking machines" with the story of how the pursuit of that ideal led to the creation of one of the greatest ruses in history. By gradually (a bit too gradually) introducing the reader to the time period and the public's preoccupation with all things mechanical, Standage shows the reader a world waiting to be amazed; even if the amazement comes by way of an ingenious form of misdirection. With appearances by a number of figures who were intimately involved with The Turk's "performances to the interaction of such luminaries as Napoleon and Poe, Standage keeps the reader interested in each and every twist of The Turk's rather bizarre history. It is only when Standage takes on the philosophy of the "thinking machine" does the book make a wrong turn; it slows down the pace and interrupts the flow of what is otherwise an intriguing look this amazing example of man's ingenuity.
P.S. You will find out how it works! ... Read more


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