Since its publication, Essentials of Artificial Intelligence has been adopted at numerous universities and colleges offering introductory AI courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Based on the author's course at Stanford University, the book is an integrated, cohesive introduction to the field. The author has a fresh, entertaining writing style that combines clear presentations with humor and AI anecdotes. At the same time, as an active AI researcher, he presents the material authoritatively and with insight that reflects a contemporary, first hand understanding of the field. Pedagogically designed, this book offers a range of exercises and examples.