BEAM Books
Good books to read while you 're waiting for your soldering iron to heat up


Electronics

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Probably the best all-around "starter"book on electronics, this is only available in Radio Shack outlets (not available via the web, sad to say).



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Robotics

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Good introductory book on robotics, by the host of "The Robot Room."Lots of detailed instruction and pictures to help you build your first robots.



Written by Dave Hrynkiw of Solarbotics Ltd, with chapters contributed by Mark Tilden, this book has seven BEAM projects




 
Emergent Behaviors, Complexity Theory, AI

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Braitenberg 's "Vehicles"gives a really good, simple, explanation of many concepts that wound up a part of BEAM.



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A collection of Brooks ' papers on his "bottom-up"approach to AI. Brooks ' theories were the starting point for Tilden 's work in Nv nets and what would become BEAM robotics.



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An excellent description of emergent behavior, as applied to a variety of examples in the world around us.



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Lecture series from the Santa Fe Institute (1994), covers the emerging science (pun intended) of complex adaptive systems.



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Complexity theory



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Kauffman 's new theory extends evolutionary thinking, suggesting that patterns and systems arise spontaneously and provide foundations for biological advancement at all levels.



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