Chris Angove, Independent Professional Engineer

Chris Angove is a highly experienced and MSc qualified chartered electronics engineer specialising in electrical and electronics engineering. He manages and owns Faraday Consultancy Limited (FCL).

Book References

The following is a list of book references that I either own, or I have borrowed and have found very useful. For more information, click on the reference of interest.

  1. HTML For Dummies, 2nd. Edition (Tittel and James)
  2. Borland C++ 4 By Example (Potts and Monk)
  3. Electronic Filter Design Handbook (Williams and Taylor)
  4. Practical Antenna Handbook (Carr)
  5. The Electronics Handbook (Jerry Whitaker)
  6. Theory and Problems of Transmission Lines (Chipman)
  7. Phase Noise in Signal Sources (Robins)
  8. Phaselock Techniques (Gardner)
  9. The GSM System for Mobile Communications (Mouly and Pautet)
  10. High Frequency Circuit Engineering (Nibler et. al.)
  11. Digital Transmission Systems (Smith)
  12. Microwave Transistor Amplifiers (Gonzalez)
  13. Microwaves (Baden-Fuller)
  14. Teach Yourself Calculus (Abbott)
  15. Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifiers (Becker et. al.)
  16. Handbook of Fiber Optic Data Communication (DuCusatis et. al)
  17. Integrated Electronics (Millman-Halkias)
  18. Science Data Book (Tennent)
  19. Mobile Broadcasting with WiMAX (Kumar)
  20. Physics (Halliday and Resnick)
  21. Fields and Waves in Communication Electronics (Ramo et. al.)
  22. Designing Embedded Systems with PIC Microcontrollers (Wilmshurst)
  23. Operational Amplifiers (Clayton and Newby)
  24. The VMEbus Handbook (Peterson)
  25. C++ for Dummies (Cogswell)
  26. The ARRL Handbook 2001 (Hutchinson)
  27. Digital Signal Processing (Hayes)
  28. HTML 4 for Dummies (Tittel and Pitts)
  29. Feedback and Control Systems (Distefano et. al.)
  30. Theory and Problems of Acoustics (Seto)
  31. Microwave Engineering (Pozar)
  32. Workout C (Himmel)
  33. The Art of Electronics (Horowitz)
  34. Electronic Principles (Malvino)
  35. Design of Amplifier and Oscillators by the S-Parameter Method (Vendelin)
  36. Electronic Communication Systems (Kennedy)
  37. Communication Systems (Carlson et. al.)
  38. Digital Communications, Fundamentals and Applications, Second Edition (Sklar)
  39. Applied Circuit Theory, Matrix and Computer Methods (Abdy)
  40. Transmission Line Transformers (Sevick)
  41. Advanced Electrical Engineering (Morton)
  42. Radio Frequency Transistors, Principles and Practical Applications (Dye & Granberg)
  43. Calculus 2nd. Edition (Ayres)
  44. Basic Electromagnetism (Dobbs)
  45. Modern Receiver Front Ends (Laskar et. al.)
  46. The Scientist and Engineer's Guide to Digital Signal Processing (Smith)
  47. Beginning Ubuntu Linux - Second Edition (Keir Thomas)
  48. Beginning Microsoft Visual Basic 2010 (Willis & Newsome)
  49. Theory and Problems of Acoustics (Seto)
  50. Programming 16-bit Microcontrollers in C - Learning to Fly the PIC24 (Jasio)
  51. Teach Yourself Visual Basic 2010 in 24 Hours (Foxall)
  52. Code Breakers - The History of Secret Communication (Pincock & Frary)
  53. 4G LTE / LTE-Advanced for Mobile Broadband (Dahlman, Parkvall & Skold)
  54. LTE and the Evolution to 4G Wireless ((Rumney)
  55. Linksys WRT54G - A Rosetta Stone for the WRT54G (Asadoorian & Pesce)
  56. Fred - The definitive biography of Fred Dibnah (David Hall)
  57. The Secret Life of Bletchley Park (Sinclair McKay)
  58. Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman! - Adventures of a curious character (Richard Feynman)
  59. What Do You Care What Other People Think? - Further adventures of a curious character (Richard Feynman)
  60. Advanced Signal Integrity for High-Speed Digital Designs (Hall & Heck)
  61. Transmission Lines for Communications with CAD Programs, Second Edition
  62. Steve Jobs
  63. Engineering Mathematics
  64. The Secret Listeners, The Secret Life of Bletchley Park
  65. The Bedside Book of Physics, From Electricity to Escape Velocities
  66. Digital System Design with VHDL, Second Edition
  67. The Turing Guide
  68. Communication Systems
  69. Beginning Microsoft Visual Basic 2010
  70. Matlab, A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving, Third Edition
  71. Programming 32-bit Microcontrollers in C, Exploring the PIC32
  72. Alan Sugar, What You See Is What You Get, My Autobiography
  73. Understanding Cryptography, A Textbook for Students and Practitioners
  74. HTML 5 and CSS3
  75. Coding with JavaScript for Dummies
  76. Antennas. Introductory Topics in Electronics and Telecommunications
  77. Electromagnetics, Second Edition
  78. Antenna Theory and Design
  1. HTML For Dummies, 2nd. Edition (Tittel and James)
  2. Use this link for the latest versions: HTML5 and CSS3. For any HTML or CSS editing, all required is a good text editor like TextPad, at least one popular browser (preferably a few) and a book like this. To understand how the html and css code work it really is worth practising a lot with the raw code. I can also recommend this online tutorial.

  3. Borland C++ 4 By Example
  4. I invested in this around 1993 and it included 28 floppy disks (3.5 inch) to install on to my early Windows 3.1 PC so that took most of the day after dealing with all the usual qwerks one frequently got with installing applications of that era. Used a lot for getting C and C++ programs to work.

  5. Electronic Filter Design Handbook, 3rd. Edition
  6. Just about everything you need to design any sort of analog filter, certainly LC around VHF/UHF with careful component selection. Hundreds of graphs of filter characteristics and quite good explanations but a few more relevant examples would have been useful.

  7. Practical Antenna Handbook
  8. Very practical, for the radio amateur.

  9. The Electronics Handbook
  10. A huge book of 2500 pages on thin paper which cost me GBP 5.00 from one of those discount 'excess stock' bookshops in the late 1990s. 150 articles by at least as many authors which are arranged like chapters across a vast range of electronics topics. I don't know how much it was originally but I thought this was very good value. It is by the IEEE Press so I would expect it to be fairly reliable.

  11. Theory and Problems of Transmission Lines
  12. This really is everything you ever wanted to know about transmission lines with lots of examples. This edition is a bit old (1968), even before ISBN numbers so it has applications to things like telephone line loading coils which are quite rare now. Would you believe they are still selling this same edition on Amazon? It now has ISBN 978-0070107472.

  13. Phase Noise in Signal Sources
  14. Very detailed phase noise reference, a bit cluttered and some confusing/ambiguous symbols but better than jumping around without explaining anything.

  15. Phaselock Techniques
  16. An excellent PLL book, often referenced from other PLL books and everything very well explained. I don't usually comment on bindings but this one is particularly high quality.

  17. The GSM System for Mobile Communications
  18. Unusual but a good reference in a conversational style. Actually published privately by the authors, so that must have been expensive as it has very good binding. Good on GSM system level but getting dated now like GSM itself.

  19. High Frequency Circuit Engineering
  20. Rather clunky translation to English from German but useful for microstrips.

  21. Digital Transmission Systems
  22. Lots of good fundamentals. Like with any digital communications, a late edition is essential.

  23. Microwave Transistor Amplifiers
  24. Next to Pozar, one of the best microwave textbooks I have used. More biased towards active devices.

  25. Microwaves
  26. Good on passive waveguide components, not much else.

  27. Teach Yourself Calculus
  28. I bought this book new in 1974 for GBP 0.50 and still use it if I have forgotten one of the rules for integration or differentiation. Probably the best value-for-money I have ever had from a book.

  29. Erbium Doped Fiber Amplifiers
  30. Useful for optical fiber telecommunications infrastructure.

  31. Handbook of Fiber Optic Data Communication
  32. Integrated Electronics
  33. Good all round electronics. Getting a bit dated now.

  34. Science Data Book
  35. Next best value for money to Teach Yourself Calculus.

  36. Mobile Broadcasting with WiMAX - Principles, Technology and Applications
  37. Some quite useful recent WiMAX (IEEE 802.16) information, system level. What is happening now about WiMAX?

  38. Physics
  39. Very good undergraduate level all round physics

  40. Fields and Waves in Communication Electronics
  41. Good on EM theory and antennas.

  42. Designing Embedded Systems with PIC Microcontrollers, Principles and Applications
  43. I wanted a book for the Microchip PIC 24F series but this relates to another but found 75% of it useful.

  44. Operational Amplifiers, 3rd. Edition
  45. Good for revising those operational amplifier circuits.

  46. The VMEbus Handbook
  47. I seem to have lost this book. VMEbus was a backplane standard started around 1990, still used today but faster more up to date versions are available.

  48. C++ for Dummies
  49. Like most of the 'for Dummies' books, lots of information and quite cheap.

  50. The ARRL Handbook for Radio Amateurs 2001
  51. Very useful practical hands-on information as it is a radio amateur's book.

  52. Digital Signal Processing
  53. Up to the usual Schaum standard.

  54. HTML 4 for Dummies, 4th. Ed.
  55. Replaces the HTML 3 one, just as good. Click here for the latest HTML5 and CSS3 versions.

  56. Feedback and Control Systems - Second Edition
  57. And another Schaum, same standard.

  58. Theory and Problems of Acoustics
  59. As I know little about acoustics, a reference just in case.

  60. Microwave Engineering - Third Edition
  61. This is one of the established, industry standard, references. All RF and microwave engineers must have this book. Rather more 'passive' than Microwave Transistor Amplifiers (Gonzalez)

  62. Workout C - Learn C Through Exercises
  63. In those days (early 1990s) this was included with an MS-DOS compiler on a 5.25 inch floppy disk (some readers may remember these). I still use this often for revising the odd 'C' code syntax which I have forgotten.

  64. Military Standard MIL-STD-462D
  65. Actually this standard and many of the others are really like textbooks describing a real hands-on approach. I think this one may have been superceded by the latest edition of MIL-STD-462.

  66. Electronic Principles - Second Edition
  67. A strange book with good content but printed using a tiny font on what looks like badly recycled paper. But it was quite expensive at a reputable bookshop.

  68. Design of Amplifiers and Oscillators by the S-Parameter Method
  69. Another classic reference but quite an old one.

  70. Electronic Communications Systems - Second Edition
  71. This book was sold to me at the time on the strength that it did not have very advanced mathematics, quite useful to me then because I had to prepare for some 'hand-waving' presentations. Since then I have studied and practiced the math more deeply so can better understand where more of the descriptions came from.

  72. Communication Systems, An Introduction to Signals and Noise in Electrical Communication - Fourth Edition
  73. Another classic, this later edition has more digital communications.

  74. Digital Communications, Fundamentals and Applications, Second Edition
  75. Over the last 10 years or so I have used this more than any other reference for digital communications.

  76. Applied Circuit Theory, Matrix and Computer Methods
  77. One of many books I bought cheaply from a second hand book shop in Maldon, Essex. I am sure it will be useful for something one day.

  78. Transmission Line Transformers, Fourth Edition
  79. A text on detailed development work on these type of transformers by the author, which differ in operation fundamentally from 'traditional' inductive transformers. Very useful in combiners and dividers to provide good wideband performance. Now there are more high frequency ferrite cores available.

  80. Advanced Electrical Engineering
  81. Radio Frequency Transistors, Principles and Practical Applications
  82. Good for hands-on development of class B and AB PAs using mostly Motorola FETs (now Freescale or NXP).

  83. Calculus 2nd. Edition
  84. Another early Schaum, actually with no ISBN. If you are trying to evaluate a tricky integral there is very likely a similar worked example in this book. There are several similar, newer calculus books on Amazon.

  85. Basic Electromagnetism
  86. Does what it says on the tin. If this is basic, I'm not sure I want to see the advanced.

  87. Modern Receiver Front-Ends, Systems, Circuits and Integration
  88. Some good things on digital receiver front ends. Quite a lot on IC design aspects.

  89. The Scientist and Engineer's Guide to Digital Signal Processing - Second Edition
  90. Excellent, very well written from first principles and explains the basics step by step with many examples. If you really need to improve your knowledge of some DSP fundamentals this is a good place to start. Also available in PDF download from www.dspguide.com.

  91. Beginning Ubuntu Linux - Second Edition
  92. Beginning Microsoft Visual Basic 2010
  93. Actually, I used this for the free version, VB 2010 Express which I have found more than adequate.

  94. Theory and Problems of Acoustics
  95. Another book I found at a second hand bookshop which may be useful one day if I get any acoustic work.

  96. Programming 16-bit Microcontrollers in C - Learning to Fly the PIC24
  97. Good for hands-on PIC development, but I do not think all the aeroplane analogies helped. Jasio also has a later 32 bit version.

  98. Teach Yourself Visual Basic 2010 in 24 Hours
  99. Unfortunately, I did not manage it in 24 hours but I won't ask for my money back.

  100. Code Breakers - The History of Secret Communication
  101. 4G LTE / LTE-Advanced for Mobile Broadband
  102. LTE and the Evolution to 4G Wireless
  103. Linksys WRT54G - A Rosetta Stone for the WRT54G
  104. The standard routers you get loaned by DOCSIS and ADSL service providers are very basic so if you want to do anything useful with them or hack them you need to buy your own modem and/or router and program it with some open source firmware. The WRT54GL was one of these, still in use but there are newer ones now.

  105. Fred - The definitive biography of Fred Dibnah
  106. Fred Dibnah was a celebrated and eccentric steeplejack in the UK who used traditional and unconventional methods to demolish chimney stacks, relics of the former industrial areas. Search You Tube for some entertaining videos.

  107. The Secret Life of Bletchley Park - The WWII Codebreaking Centre and the Men and Women Who Worked There
  108. Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman - Adventures of a Curious Character
  109. The brilliant Nobel Laurette American physicist, Richard Feynman.

  110. What Do You Care What Other People Think? - Further Adventures of a Curious Character
  111. This part of Richard Feynman's autobiography includes his contribution to the Presidential Enquiry into the Challenger Disaster. In your are an engineer trying to get management to approve your safety critical features you must read this.

  112. Advanced Signal Integrity for High-Speed Digital Designs
  113. This books looks at how to transmit high speed signals around circuits, especially multi-layer PCBs of the types used in PC motherboards and other equipment. The favoured technology now is serial data over differential pairs. For higher speeds use more pairs as for example in PCI-e. This book quickly became one of my industry standard references.

  114. Transmission Lines for Communications with CAD Programs, Second Edition
  115. Another one of those books that I can't remember the reason for buying.

  116. Steve Jobs
  117. Very interesting history of Apple.

  118. Engineering Mathematics
  119. The Secret Listeners, The Secret Life of Bletchley Park
  120. Originally GBP 11.99 but I got it for GBP 2.99 from a local discount bookshop. Another fascinating Bletchley Park book.

  121. The Bedside Book of Physics, From Electricity to Escape Velocities
  122. Another cheap book from the discount bookshop.

  123. Digital System Design with VHDL, Second Edition
  124. I bought this to improve my FPGA design knowledge.

  125. The Turing Guide
  126. The best book on Alan Turing I could find which my Wife bought for my birthday. Not just a biography. Fascinating detail and stories by many authors, leading academics, engineers and historians.

  127. Communication Systems
  128. Beginning Microsoft Visual Basic 2010
  129. Actually I use the free version of this called Visual Basic 2010 Express, which does more than everything I have ever needed from VB.

  130. Matlab, A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving, Third Edition
  131. A very good starting point for Matlab® to support the vast online help and downloadable documents if you have a Matlab® licence.

  132. Programming 32-bit Microcontrollers in C, Exploring the PIC32
  133. Very good hands-on like the 16-bit version, many examples to try on the many Microchip development platforms.

  134. Alan Sugar, What You See Is What You Get, My Autobiography
  135. Very interesting but it is an autobiography. He may have used a ghost writer. I recently stayed at quite a modern hotel in Ireland and they still had Amstrad CRT TVs.

  136. Understanding Cryptography, A Textbook for Students and Practitioners.
  137. Supplements some excellent lectures on You Tube (search for 'Christof Paar'). Good place to start for encryption standards like the NIST AES-CCM-128 algorithm.

  138. HTML 5 and CSS3
  139. They say '8 books in 1' so that is >1000 pages for about GBP 25 (2020). Sounds like good value for money but a bit to early to comment. I will update later.

  140. Coding with JavaScript for Dummies
  141. Yet another 'for Dummies' book purchased at the same time as HTML 5 and CSS3 from a big online retailer. Having improved my HTML and CSS skills the plan is to move to JavaScript. I was prompted to buy this because so many websites require Javascript to work properly, including

  142. Antennas. Introductory Topics in Electronics and Telecommunications
  143. One concise short book out of a series with key essentials, about 100 pages.

  144. Electromagnetics, Second Edition
  145. This is the first place I go for most antenna problems.

  146. Antenna Theory and Design, Third Edition
  147. A great work.