This book was well worth its price. It teaches you how to gather electronics parts and tools for building simple robots and how to use those tools. You also learn the history of robotics and the definition of what a robot is. In the end of the book is a list of robot books and links that will keep you busy for months.
Many people have an interest in robotics, but have a difficult time getting started. Even the simplest of robotics projects requires a wide range of basic skills, from how to solder connections to programming microprocessors. This book lives up to the title, in that it starts at the very beginning and steps you through how to build three simple robots. In the first section, called robots.edu, a history of robots, some of the major players and some of the simple capabilities are described. The second section begins with a list of the tools and skills needed to build robots. As basic as you can go, this gives explicit details about how to start. Three simple robot projects are described in complete detail in the third section. All start with a list and photo of the parts needed to build the robot and a step-by-step building procedure to follow. The parts are easy to obtain and cheap, but if you are not the type to shop around, there is a link to a company called Solarbotics, where you can purchase a complete kit. True to the meaning of the phrase, "absolute beginner", this book is a great place to start if you have the desire to build robots, but lack the skills and knowledge.
I have only recently entered the world of robotics and was looking for a decent entry level book. I found 2. "JunkBots, Bugbots, and Bots on Wheels: Building Simple Robots With BEAM Technology", which I have already reviewed and this one. As with my other purchase, this book is an absolute must for those, like me, who are entering the magical world of robotics. Each step is clearly explained in "idiot's terms" with much humour to lighten this daunting subject. I cannot recommend this book highly enough and for the price, well what are you waiting for? Buy It! You'll be so glad you did.