Robots : The 500-Year Quest to Make Machines Human - the exhibition catalogue from Science Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Robots : The 500-Year Quest to Make Machines Human

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'This is is one of the best museum publications accompanying a current exhibition that I have seen in a long time. Well researched, written, presented and illustrated and at an affordable price this book can only be recommended as can be a visit to the actual exhibition.' - Icon

A handsome book exploring the history of robotics from the 16th century to the current day

Robots: the 500-Year Quest to Make Machines Human explores the surprisingly long history of our obsession with creating machines in human form, from 16th-century mechanised monks to the 'tin man' robots of the 1950s and cutting-edge robots from today's research labs.

This ground-breaking book, the exhibition catalogue for a show at London's Science Museum, features an astonishing array of robotic artefacts from around the world, including expertly crafted clockwork automata, uncanny robot actors, trumpet-playing humanoids and even a talking 'receptionist' head. Focusing on why robots exist rather than on how they work, the book avoids cliches about machines taking over the world and destroying humankind, and instead aims to reassure us that in future robots will continue to complement and enhance our human capabilities.

  • Author: Ben Russell
  • Hardcover: 176 pages | 146 colour illustrations
  • Date published: March 2017
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1785510687
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 22.9 cm

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