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Darwin's Devices by John Long
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Jun 12, 12

Read from May 08 to June 12, 2012

In my opinion, the first half of this book prior to chapter 6 is an indispensable introduction to the world of evolutionary robotics - it reaffirms some of the limitations in general evolutionary thinking and address the concerns and laments Darwin had himself about evolution - how it is not as simple as it looks, and that natural selection is still a part of our live in other ways (particularly behavioral evolution). However, the second half of this book grows tiring. It's not the heavy mathematical considerations or the extensive review of methodology, but surprisingly is the authors voice - it becomes too personal and impersonal at the same time.

He tries to remedy this in the last section of the last chapter by apologizing for his lack of mention of other's works - and kind of gives the reader a sense that this is more of a memoir of the work done by his lab, but otherwise, interesting first half - the second half would make for a better technical OR personal book, but doesn't belong with the first parts. I would recommend this to anyone interested in evolution or robotics, but probably not to biologists or engineers in general.
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