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Donald Hill, translated the text into English in 1974, and a book review of the translation from New Scientist magazine is available online.
The science of automata, as such devices are called, is felt to be the precursor to the modern science of robotics. al-Jazari's book was written centuries before the famous sketches of Leonardo Da Vinci, and clearly establish al-Jazari as the father of robotics.
1. Research by Malaysian scientists on al-Jazari's water supply system
2. Listing of books, via Google Books, showing al-Jazari's importance
3. YouTube videos showing how al-Jazari's inventions would have worked