Top 10 Best Books to Read in Engineering Reference - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Engineering Reference. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. The Book of Unusual Knowledge


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Engineering Reference - August 2021

The Book of Unusual Knowledge is a mammoth 704-page padded hardcover book crammed with a cornucopia of information some useful, others not so much but all of it completely captivating. It's perfect for anyone with a curious mind and a passion for learning. With quirky illustrations and a vast array of articles, anecdotes, lists, and games, this book will provide hours of fascinating reading. It will also expand your knowledge on a range of topics, including the animal kingdom, art, sports, technology, history, politics, the universe, and much, much more. Sample topics include: - Are plastic bags killing sacred cows in India? - Does NASCAR have roots in bootlegging moonshine? - Did Ronald Reagan see not one but two UFOs during his lifetime?

  • Author: Publications International Ltd.
  • Publisher: Publications International, Ltd. (April 1, 2012)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-1450845809
  • Dimensions: 6.45 x 2 x 9.33 inches

                 

2. Graph Paper Composition Notebook: Grid Paper Notebook, Quad Ruled, 100 Sheets (Large, 8.5 x 11) (Graph Paper Notebooks)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Engineering Reference - August 2021

Graph Paper Composition Notebook, Journal, Diary • One Subject • 100 Pages Makes a wonderful daily graph/grid notebook to draw, write, journal, take notes, make lists, and much more creativity! This is a simple and durable all-purpose daily graph/grid notebook. There is plenty of room inside for drawing, writing notes, journaling, doodling, list making, creative writing, school notes, and capturing ideas. It can be used as a notebook, journal, diary, or composition book. This paperback notebook is 8.5 x 11 in / 21.59 x 27.94 cm with a soft, matte cover and has 100 quad ruled pages. Perfect for all ages -- kids or adults! Wonderful as a gift, present, or personal notebook! About this notebook: 100 graph ruled pages Grid ruled on both sides with thin gray lines Perfect for architects, artists, and any drawing activities High-quality matte cover for a professional finish Perfect size at 8.5 x 11 in / 21.59 x 27.94 cm -- Larger than most Scroll up and click 'buy' to grab one today!

  • Author: Joyful Journals
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 2, 2018)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Mathematics
  • ISBN: 978-1724658623
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.23 x 11 inches

                 

3. Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Engineering Reference - August 2021

How will artificial intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society, and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology - and there's nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who's helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial. How can we grow our prosperity through automation without leaving people lacking income or purpose? What career advice should we give today's kids? How can we make future AI systems more robust so that they do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning, or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, replacing humans on the job market and perhaps altogether? Will AI help life flourish like never before or give us more power than we can handle? What sort of future do you want? This book empowers you to join what may be the most important conversation of our time. It doesn't shy away from the full range of viewpoints or from the most controversial issues - from superintelligence to meaning, consciousness, and the ultimate physical limits on life in the cosmos.

  • Author: Max Tegmark
  • Genre: Computers & Technology, Computer Science, AI & Machine Learning, Intelligence & Semantics

                 

4. Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Engineering Reference - August 2021

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology. Among Tesla's creations were the channeling of alternating current, fluorescent and neon lighting, wireless telegraphy, and the giant turbines that harnessed the power of Niagara Falls.

  • Author: Marc J. Seifer
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering, Reference, History

                 

5. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Engineering Reference - August 2021

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball , Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers. Elon Musk spotlights the technology and vision of Elon Musk, the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, who sold one of his Internet companies, PayPal, for $1.5 billion. Ashlee Vance captures the full spectacle and arc of the genius' life and work, from his tumultuous upbringing in South Africa and flight to the United States to his dramatic technical innovations and entrepreneurial pursuits. Vance uses Musk's story to explore one of the pressing questions of our age: Can the nation of inventors and creators who led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition? He argues that Musk - one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history - is a contemporary, visionary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists, including Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy.

  • Author: Ashlee Vance
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering, Reference, Patents & Inventions

                 



6. Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Engineering Reference - August 2021

Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America's manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in NASA's Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond. He endured the disastrous first years when rockets blew up and the United States seemed to fall further behind the Soviet Union in the space race. He helped to launch Alan Shepard and John Glenn, then assumed the flight director's role in the Gemini program, which he guided to fruition. With his teammates, he accepted the challenge to carry out President John F. Kennedy's commitment to land a man on the moon before the end of the 1960s. Kranz was flight director for both Apollo 11, the mission in which Neil Armstrong fulfilled President Kennedy's pledge, and Apollo 13. He headed the Tiger Team that had to figure out how to bring the three Apollo 13 astronauts safely back to Earth. (In the film Apollo 13, Kranz was played by the actor Ed Harris, who earned an Academy Award nomination for his performance.) In Failure Is Not an Option , Gene Kranz recounts these thrilling historic events and offers new information about the famous flights. What appeared as nearly flawless missions to the moon were, in fact, a series of hair-raising near misses. When the space technology failed, as it sometimes did, the controllers' only recourse was to rely on their skills and those of their teammates. Kranz takes us inside Mission Control and introduces us to some of the whiz kids - still in their twenties, only a few years out of college - who had to figure it all out as they went along, creating a great and daring enterprise. He reveals behind-the-scenes details to demonstrate the leadership, discipline, trust, and teamwork that made the space program a success.

  • Author: Gene Kranz
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering, Reference, History

                 

7. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Engineering Reference - August 2021

The #1 New York Times bestseller The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner. Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory. Even as Virginia’s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley’s all-black “West Computing” group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens. Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.

  • Author: Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Illustrated edition (September 6, 2016)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences

                 

8. A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Engineering Reference - August 2021

Audie Award, History/Biography, 2016 This acclaimed portrait of heroism and ingenuity captures a watershed moment in human history. The astronauts themselves have called it the definitive account of their missions. On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Based on in-depth interviews with 23 of the 24 moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get the program moving, A Man on the Moon conveys every aspect of the Apollo missions with breathtaking immediacy and stunning detail.

  • Author: Andrew Chaikin
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering, Reference, History

                 

9. Perspective Made Easy (Dover Art Instruction)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Engineering Reference - August 2021

Perspective, the author tells us, is easy; yet surprisingly few artists are aware of the simple rules that make it so. This easy-to-follow book — the first devoted entirely to clarifying the laws of perspective — remedies the situation. In it, the author uses over 250 simple line drawings to illustrate the concepts involved. Beginning with clear, concise, immediately applicable discussions of the horizon, vanishing point, and the crucial relationship of eye level to perspective drawing, you'll learn how to place figures and objects in a drawing, depict interiors, create shade and shadows, and achieve all the other elements necessary for a successful perspective drawing. By repeatedly stressing important points, Mr. Norling teaches you to make them second-nature. Moreover, his approach is so simple and direct that no matter how little raw talent or experience you have, you will soon be able to apply these techniques almost instinctively. Mastery of perspective is a basic skill every artist must have. This simple, nontechnical guide will enable you to master its essentials in a relatively short time. Clear and concise, this book is an essential addition to any artist's bookshelf.

  • Author: Ernest R. Norling
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 31537th edition (January 19, 1999)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-0486404738
  • Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches

                 

10. Ultimate Guide to Home Repair and Improvement, Updated Edition: Proven Money-Saving Projects; 3,400 Photos & Illustrations (Creative Homeowner) 600 Page Resource with 325 Step-by-Step DIY Projects


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Engineering Reference - August 2021

The most complete home improvement manual on the market, this book offers more than 2,300 photos, 800 drawings, and understandable, practical text. 600 page ultimate home improvement manual 325 step-by-step projects with how-to photos, tools, and materials lists Essential information on tools, materials, and basic skills Comprehensive wiring and plumbing sections Includes a remodeling guide , a special photo-illustrated section on contracts, contractors, and managing your remodeling projects Tech-reviewed by more than 20 industry experts Thorough index and glossary Inside this book, you will find essential instruction on plumbing and electrical repairs, heating and cooling, roofing and siding, cabinets and countertops, and more. Information is also provided on tools, materials, and basic skills, plus 325 step-by-step projects with how-to photo sequences. The Ultimate Guide to Home Repair & Improvement also includes a remodeling guide and a resource guide. Top to bottom, inside and out, this is the single, ultimate resource book for DIY projects and repairs to save you money when remodeling, renovating, repairing, and maintaining your home.

  • Author: Editors of Creative Homeowner
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner; Revised and Updated edition (August 31, 2016)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-1580117838
  • Dimensions: 8.75 x 1.63 x 11.13 inches