NONFICTION

Bots and Bods: How Robots and Humans Work, From the Inside Out

Andrews McMeel. Mar. 2021. 96p. pap. $12.99. ISBN 9781524862756.
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Gr 4-6–This illustrated nonfiction title provides an orderly journey through various systems within humans and robots. The text discusses how the human body works in relation to movement, senses, and intelligence, then explains to what degree robotics can imitate those abilities. Historical tidbits such as the first use of the word robot or the earliest known prosthesis are featured. Text boxes ask interesting questions (answered in the back matter), offer ideas for activities (such as charging a cell phone with bananas), or describe a “Fantastic Fact.” Amusing art depicts humans and robots interacting. Diagrams show human brains and computer processors, or how muscles differ from cables and actuators. Whether readers are interested in how robots generally work or how they resemble humans in particular, there are plenty of details to satisfy their curiosity. The table of contents and index allow readers to easily find specific topics, including nanorobotics, biomimetics, and space exploration. Modern innovations such as self-driving cars and deep-sea exploration are covered as well as the future of surgical robots and robotically piloted airplanes.
VERDICT A fairly comprehensive introduction to robotics, and a good update to collections.

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