Richa shares her top five reads for aspiring electronic engineers.
Two years ago, when I was about to start university, I wondered to myself what sort of books we would be required to read as engineering students.
I used to dislike massive books, and was always scared that maybe I too would have to read them one day, as for me, big books = boring!
However, while we were provided with a huge list of books at the start of the course, and they were big and heavy, they were 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 five must-reads.
1. C Programming Absolute Beginner's Guide, by Greg Perry and Dean Miller
Before you start any other book, my suggestion would be to go through this one. As a new Engineering student, the main thing you need to learn is programming, and 'C' is the most basic and important language you need. 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 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. Microelectronic 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. This book provides you with insight into the variety of circuits out there, and how they can be built.
4. The Circuit Designer's Companion (4th Edition), by Tim Williams
This book is the ultimate guide in helping you understand on-board circuits, wirings, and more. It’s a great book because it splits between theory and practical, which helps a lot.
5. The Art of Electronics (3rd Edition), by Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill
Saving the best for 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, and more.
These books not only help you sail through your first year, but also give you a strong base and prepare you very well for the later years.
What's more, these books are easily accessible in our lovely library, or you can buy them from any good bookshop. Always remember, 'a book is dream that you hold in your hands'. Happy reading!
By Richa Nair
Richa studied Electronic Engineering at ARU in Chelmsford. Find out more about our degree courses at one of our Open Days.