22 responses to “What’s on your bookshelf?”

  1. Miss MSE

    Hertzberg, Deformation and Fracture Mechanics of Engineering Materials
    Both a great reference for quickly looking up equations and for in-depth explanations.

    Schey, Div, Grad, Curl and all that
    Because my vector calculus skills are weak and their explanations are not.

    Gaskell, Introduction to the Thermodynamics of Materials
    Probably the most heavily notated book on my shelf because I use it so often. A bit dense, but almost everything I need is in there somewhere.

    I’m still working on finding my key simulation books, but those are three of my favorite references, even as I’ve moved away from the metallurgy side of things.

  2. Fluxor

    I kept every single last one of my university text books (those that weren’t stolen) as well as all my class notes. My office has a small collection of them, including the bible of circuit design during my undergrad days — Microelectronic Circuits by Sedra & Smith.

    Others are texts I’ve picked up over the years, with books on phase-locked loops dominating the shelf.

  3. Chris Gammell

    The Art of Electronics. If you’re doing board level design, you probably have this book. And love it.

    I have a bunch more, but honestly they’re mostly at home. I use them more there to brush up on stuff. I can use THE GOOGLE when I need info at work. Or a co-worker might have a book. Or I might have the digital copy of a book. In fact, now that I’m thinking about it, my profs choose some pretty crap books. All the ones I have now are not the ones from when I was in school.

    I never understood keeping class notes like Fluxor, though he probably took much better notes than me. I’m more of an auditory learner, so notes didn’t do it as much as hearing it and then digging into a problem set (which I’m decently sure I burned in rebellion once I was out of school).

    1. Fluxor

      I didn’t just keep class notes. I have a banker’s box of junk for every semester in undergrad. Class notes, transcripts, doodles, knick-knacks, letters, etc. I’m not a good note taker, but my classmates are. That’s what photocopiers are for. I then complain about their bad handwriting. :-)

  4. Dave Vandenbout

    I had a copy of “Integrated Electronics” by Millman and Halkias in my bookcase for years after my graduation. Until my ex-wife threw it in the lake. Along with my rowing machine. And a monitor.

    1. Chris Gammell

      I don’t know what’s scarier…the fact that your ex-wife threw your stuff into a lake…or that she could throw a rowing machine…

  5. Carmen

    I’m still in school and have saved most of my textbooks so far as well. I agree with Chris about saving notes, they never did much for me either. The ones I reference most often are:

    The Op Amp Applications Handbook – Analog Devices
    Has a lot of great amplifier schematics, circuit topologies, design tips, and PCB layout techniques.

    Analog Filter Design – Van Valkenburg
    An insanely useful book containing information on a wide variety of analog filter concepts from the underlying math to pros and cons of different designs.

    Analog Integrated Circuit Design – Johns & Martin
    For when I need to remember basic transistor level circuits. It also has a few good chapters on A/D and D/A topologies.

    Troubleshooting Analog Circuits – Bob Pease
    Not a textbook but still a great reference for anyone doing PCB level circuit design in my opinion.

    Still have Sedra & Smith like Fluxor but it’s gathering dust somewhere; maybe I should dig it out…

    1. Fluxor

      I have John & Martin as well.

      John, Martin, Sedra, and Smith were all with the University of Toronto when their textbooks were published. Seems like these four along with Gray and Meyer’s book (Analysis and Design of Analog ICs) from Berkeley have cornered 95% of the analog IC textbook market.

      1. Carmen

        Grey & Meyer is a good book too. Their book focuses more on BJT design rather than CMOS like Johns & Martin,at least the 3rd edition does.

  6. GEARS

    Optics by Hecht
    Art of Electronics by Horowitz and Hill

    and my favorite…

    All of the optics notes for the textbook I’m writing by GEARS 😛

    1. Cherish The Scientist

      I really liked Hecht. :-) Optics was fun, but I really didn’t enjoy photonics all that much.

  7. Cherish The Scientist

    My favorites for engineering are Antenna Theory and Design by Stutzman and Thiele and Numerical Techniques on Electromagnetics by Sadiku.

    I’ll stop there because I have a whole two bookcases of reference books that you don’t want to hear about. :-)

  8. Miss Outlier

    I kept all my engineering class texts from undergrad, and now grad school. Sold back the non-technical books with absolutely no twinges. :) I keep most of the books in my room, but in my office I have the ones I use now:

    System Dynamics by Ogata
    Statistical Quality Control by Montgomery
    Manufacturing Engineering and Technology by Kalpakjian

    And one I do not own, but steal fairly regularly from officemates:

    Precision Machine Design by Slocum

    1. GEARS

      Ahhh Slocum’s book…

  9. Bill

    Henry Ott’s “Electromagnetic Compatibility Engineering” is my favorite EE book of all time. It covers everything from component bypassing to ESD protection, board layout, etc. in an easily understandable manner while providing a lot of data to back up its recommendations, and providing some great resources for further reading into specific subjects.

    1. Cherish The Scientist

      Ott is very good, but I prefer Paul’s book. It has a lot more of the theoretical background and is more up to date.

      1. Bill

        The Ott book I mentioned is actually fairly new and up to date (2009), you may be thinking of Ott’s older “Noise Reduction Techniques in Electronic Systems”. Paul’s book, “Introduction to Electromagnetic Compatibility” looks very good to according to the Amazon reviews, although too much theoretical stuff can be a negative for me (one reason I really like Ott). I’ll have to add it to my “future books” list. If only engineering books were more affordable…

  10. Jason

    I’m still a student and a book hoarder. So far, I’ve kept every book I’ve purchased and plan to continue to do so. I need to get my wife to read these replies. She’s keeps hassling me to sell them back to the school each semester, but I refuse to do it. Now, I can tell her that I’m not the only one that keeps the books.

  11. Chris Shepherd

    I have a number of books that have stood the test of time (around 25 years now) including:
    RF Circuit Design by Bowick – all you need to know about matching and a bit about filters
    Radio Frequency Design by Wes Hayward
    Active Filter Cookbook by Lancaster
    Electronics Pocket Book by E A Parr which has useful background on sensors, etc
    Digital Communications by Proakis
    Phase Noise in Signal Sources by Robins
    and, of course, Horrowitz & Hill (I have never owned this but it is never far away)

    Together with a few more ‘recent’ additions:
    Digital Signal Processing in Communication Systems by Frerking
    The Circuit Designers Companion by Williams
    Digital Communication Receivers by Meyr et al

    As well as the hundreds of others that get referred to occasionally, it is suprising how often a school book on organic chemistry has come to the rescue…

  12. Tobias Frank

    Well I own a quite large bookshelf with lots of books. Half of them are the usual references, the other half are books I bought cheaply on some sale.
    But currently on the small stack next to my desk are, though half of them are borrowed from somewhere:

    Pozar, Microwave Engineering
    Balanis, Atenna Theory
    Balanis, Adv. Engineering Electromagnetics
    Press, Numerical Recipes
    Itoh, Numerical Techniques for microwave and millimeter wave passive structures.
    Mathaei and Young, Microwave Filters…
    Dudley, Mathematical Foundations for Electromagnetic Theory
    and Bronstein, Taschenbuch der Mathematik.

    oh and Conway’s on Numbers and Games for the breaks.

  13. Paul Clarke

    Look like the book you have say allot about your day-to-day role.

    I did not do uni but have all my collage books as follows:

    Art Of Electronics – with tons of bookmarks in it and notes in the columns.

    Fault Diagnosis of Digital Systems – basic but good ground rules

    Electrical Application 2 and 3 – more mains and motor type stuff

    BTEC maths from level 2 to 5 – for transposing formula as I never got the hang of that

    Kaschke and EPCOS ferrite books data books which sit with my Wurth Trilogy of Inductors – Not as good as the Lord of the Rings Trilogy but just as hard a plot to follow!

    Last but not least is…

    The Designers Guide to VHDL

  14. An old engineer

    I design bridge cranes for my humble living. So, I live both in the world of civil (structural) and mechanical design.

    AISC Steel Construction Manual

    ASCE 7-05 Min Design Loads for Bldgs & Structures

    Blodgett’s Design of Welded Structures

    A bunch of speciality books in the garage on ceramics, plasma etching, old school dynamic analysis (before computers),

    Schaum’s Outlines, etc.

    If you’re ever thinking of taking your PE exam, one thing that you learn is that no one book will cover everything in enough detail that can possibly show up in the exam. I took my basic PE review course book and split it up to install into large binders. I then xerox sections of different books and added that info into the appropriate categories in the binders. Everything was indexed and it worked like a charm.

    Another time saver was to spiral bind anything that wasn’t in the binders. All of my Schaumn’s Outlines were split apart and rebound. You can’t imagine how important it was to have everything lie flat when you’re trying to find information under stress.