Put together here a list of books (like the one for C/C++ on StackOverflow) that are spiritually similar to Sebastian Thrun's Probabilistic Robotics for robotic manipulation and mechanics.


Thrun's book is a wonderful resource for implementable algorithms while also dealing with the mathematics/theory behind them. In somewhat similar vein for robotic mechanics there is "A Mathematical Introduction to Robotic Manipulation - S.Sastry, Z.Li and R.Murray" which has a lot of mathematical/theoretical content. What is missing however in this book are the algorithms concerned with how should/would one go about implementing the theoretical stuff.


  1. Ideally list books dealing with diverse areas of robotics.
  2. The books have to present algorithms like what Thrun does in his book.
  3. Algorithms presented have to be language agnostic and as much as possible not be based on packages like MATLAB in which case they should be categorized appropriately.
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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this as a book request - there's no way to pick a correct answer. "Life Questions are off-topic. Questions about choosing how to spend your time (what book to read, which class to take, what robotics project to construct, what career to pursue, etc.) may be about difficult decisions, and they are often important, but they are too specific to your own situation and are unlikely to help future visitors to the site. They would be better off asked in Robotics Chat." There is no specific, actual problem here (nor is there actually any question), so there's nothing to answer. $\endgroup$
    – Chuck
    Commented Feb 10, 2016 at 14:28
  • $\begingroup$ This is not a life question. As I mentioned in the question, stackoverflow has a list of books for C/C++ divided into Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Other categories. I would like this question to be similar but for roboticists. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 10, 2016 at 15:39
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    $\begingroup$ Perhaps this list should be put in the wiki for the books tag. Feel free to start it $\endgroup$
    – Ben
    Commented Feb 10, 2016 at 16:32
  • $\begingroup$ Can you provide the link to the stackoverflow list of books? @Ben - that seems like a good idea, as it could provide a useful resource to point people to. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 10, 2016 at 20:56
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    $\begingroup$ @Greenonline - Here's the link. stackoverflow.com/q/388242 $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 11, 2016 at 1:01

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This is my go-to book for all things manipulation. But it covers some other topics as well. Robotics: Modelling, Planning and Control by Bruno Siciliano, Lorenzo Sciavicco, Luigi Villani, Giuseppe Oriolo.

  • $\begingroup$ Same for me as well. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 11, 2016 at 1:55

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