Two years ago, when I was about to start university, I wondered to myself what sort of books we as engineering students would be required to read. I used to dislike huge big books and was always scared that maybe I too would have to read them one day as for me big books = boring! However, it seems I couldn’t have been more wrong and when I started my course at Anglia Ruskin University we were provided with a huge list of books, they were big and heavy but not boring at all because they were about a subject I loved, engineering.
I also love to read e-books and was so happy to see a lot of the reading list was online which was great! Everyone has a favourite book, right? I too have not one but five. So, let me give you an insight into my “TOP 5 MUST READS”:
1. C Programming Absolute Beginner's Guide by Greg Perry and Dean Miller
Before you kick start off with any other book, my suggestion would be to go through this book. It my list because as a starter the main thing you need to know is programming as 'C', being the basic, is the most important one too! So do give it a shot.
2. Introduction to Modern Digital Electronics by Charles F. Hawkins and Jaume Segura
The next on my list is this lovely book that gives you an insight into the lovely world of digital tech a fast growing area that is mainly used in the electronics field. This is a good guide to help you get started with the subject.
3. Microelctronic Circuits by A. Sedra and K. Smith
This book gives all the required information about analogue electronics and digital electronics and how both can be used. Analogue electronics is the older way of building circuits and this book provides you with insight into the variety of circuits and how they can be built.
4. The Circuit Designer's Companion, Second Edition by Tim Williams
This book is the ultimate guide in helping you understand all the on-board circuits, wirings, etc. It’s a great book because it splits between theory and practical and helps you a lot.
5. The Art of Electronics 3rd Edition by Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill
The best for the last. Now, this book is one of those big heavy books, but like they say never judge a book by its cover. This is by far the most interesting book that I have read and gives a complete look into oscilloscopes, graphs, circuits, etc.
These books not only help you sail through your first year easily but also give you a strong base and prepare you very well for the later years. Also, these books are easily accessible in our lovely library, or you can buy them from John Smith’s or Amazon. Always remember “A book is dream that you hold in your hands”. On that note I shall sign off. Happy Reading!