Follies of Science

I just finished browsing this book. I was thinking – oh another coffee table book with no information. I was wrong. This book has lots of easy-to-read snippets of historical facts about technology and popular culture’s perspectives and how they were off (and sometimes they were right). I give it a ***** because I found it amusing and easy to read, and also learned a whole bunch. I loved the part on robots, since I am now a robot scientist.  I like the ideas about the swarm bots, and also the reasons why literature likes robots to be shaped like humans. We need to feel comfortable with our own creations.Its a pointer to look up Jean Baudrillard’s 1968 work “The System of Objects”.  The drawings are another riot. For those of you who like to see drawings from the 20s and 40s comic-book style. I think I’ll buy the book just because it is so pretty.....