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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanics (Mechanical Engineering) Collection

About 700 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Mechanics (Mechanical Engineering).
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Folkscanomy Engineering Collection

About 100 free online publications at the Internet Archive, assembled by ‘Folkscanomy’.


Bacon, John Lord
American School of Correspondence 1909        Dewey Dec.    682

“Elementary manual giving practical instruction in iron and steel forging: contains many diagrams.
Pt 1. Materials and tools: pt 2. Typical forging operations: pt H. Miscellaneous forging processes.
A fuller work, but also elementary, is Moore’s Handbook of practical smithing and forging (Spon,
1906, 251p., $2, 7^12490) Sallows’ Blacksmiths guide (Technical press, 1907, l.r,7p., $1.50.
7-339781 is a concise, well-illustrated guide for the workman.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911

Engineering: An Introduction for High School

Baker, Dale, Ganesh, Tirupalavanam, others
CK-12 2018       

“Introduces engineering techniques and practices to high school students. This book is designed for a broad range of student abilities and does not require significant math or science prerequisites.” – Website

Engineering of Today

Corbin, Thomas W.
Lippincott 1910        Dewey Dec.    620

Fairly full and well-illustrated popular presentation of the field of engineering, specially of those branches that are most advanced.
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1904-1911

Fundamentals of Infrastructure Management

Coffelt, Donald, Hendrickson, Chris
Independent 2017       

“The text draws examples and discusses a wide variety of infrastructure systems, including roadways, telecommunications, power generation, buildings and systems of infrastructure.” -Authors

Selected Articles about the History of Cities

The Existential Pleasures of Engineering

Florman, Samuel C.
St. Martin’s Griffin 1996        Dewey Dec.    620

The Engineer

Hammond, John Hays
Scribner 1921        Dewey Dec.    620

“A well-written outline of the opportunities, qualifications and training of an engineer, and of the principal branches of engineering. Should be useful to high school boys thinking of going into engineering as a vocation, and to parents.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Science and Useful Arts (1931)

The Engineer and his Profession

Kemper, John Dustin
Holt, Rinehart and Winston 1967        Dewey Dec.    620

The Mechanic Arts

MacLaurin, Richard C., ed.
Hall and Locke 1911        Dewey Dec.    680

Volume 1 in a 10-vol. series called “Vocations” edited by William DeWitt Hyde. This volume contains 3 parts; “The Engineer and the Mechanic” and “The Mechanic Arts”, and “Inventions and Inventors”; each part with about a dozen essays by different people.

Mechanics of Materials

Merriman, Mansfield
Wiley 1910        Dewey Dec.    620

Chapter headings are: 1. Elastic and Ultimate Strength, 2. Elastic and Ultimate Deformation, 3. Materials of Engineering, 4. Cases of Simple Stress, 5. General Theory of Beams, 6. Simple and Cantilever Beams, 7. Overhanging and Fixed Beams, 8. Continuous Beams, 9. Columns or Struts, 10. Torsion of Shafts, 11. Apparent Combined Stresses, 12. Compound Columns and Beams, 13. Resilience and Work, 14. Impact and Fatigue, 15. True Internal Stresses, 16. Guns and Thick Cylinders, 17. Rollers, Plates, Spheres, 18. Miscellaneous Discussions, 19. Mathematical Theory of Elasticity, Appendix, Tables

Books on Aviation History, Space Exploration, Astronauts

Invention by Design: How Engineers get from Thought to Thing

Petroski, Henry
Harvard University 1996        Dewey Dec.    620

“Every case study includes well-chosen pictures and schematic drawings to clarify how inventors resolve technical difficulties, and the carefully researched text explains how they make their new creations economically feasible and socially acceptable.” Booklist

Text-book of the Principles of Machine Work

Smith, Robert Henry
Industrial education 1912        Dewey Dec.    621.7

Subtitle: “Prepared for students in technical, manual training, and trade schools, and for the apprentice in the shop. Engine and speed lathes, drilling and grinding machines, carbon and high speed steel cutting tools, measuring, turning, fitting, threading, chucking, drilling, beaming, jigs, fixtures and cylindrical grinding”.
441 illustrations
“Clear, practical guide to general machine-shop work. This and his Textbook of the elements of machine work are the first two volumes of three in a course for industrial schools.”
– – A.L.A. Catalog 1904-1911

Also see: Gibson, Charles R., The Romance of Modern Manufacture; a Popular Account of the Marvels of Manufacturing in Section 670 Manufacturing in Manufacturing, Chemicals, Textiles & Handicrafts

Energy Technology & Engineering

Energy Engineering Collection

About 330 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Energy Engineering”. Be patient as the page loads.

Folkscanomy Energy & Energy Policy Collection

About 320 free online publications at the Internet Archive, assembled by ‘Folkscanomy’.

Solar Energy Collection

About 170 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Solar Energy”. Be patient as the page loads.

Selected Articles about Environmental History

Nuclear Energy Collection

About 220 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Nuclear Energy”. Be patient as the page loads.

Reflections on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident: Toward Social-Scientific Literacy and Engineering Resilience

Ahn, Joonhong et al.
Springer Open 2015        Dewey Dec.    621

Consists of lectures given in 2011 and additional chapters that cover developments in the past three years since the accident. “It provides an arena for discussions to find and create a renewed platform for engineering practices, and thus nuclear engineering education, which are essential in the post-Fukushima era for nurturing nuclear engineers who need to be both technically competent and trusted in society.”

Wind Power Basics: A Green Energy Guide

Chiras, Dan
New Society 2010        Dewey Dec.    621

Topics: wind, energy, turbine, tower, electricity, turbines, power, battery, batteries, electrical, wind energy, wind turbine, wind power, wind turbines, power basics, renewable energy, small wind, wind speed, wind system, wind site.

Wind Power

Fitzgerald, Stephanie
Infobase 2010        Dewey Dec.    621

Topics: wind, energy, power, turbines, electricity, fossil, turbine, fuels, blades, windmills, wind power, wind energy, fossil fuels, wind turbines, wind farms, wind farm, carbon dioxide, wind turbine, wind industry, renewable energy

Final Warning: the legacy of Chernobyl

Gale, Robert P. and Hauser, Thomas
Warner 1988        Dewey Dec.    621

Books on Auto Industry, Motorcycle History

The Necessity for Nuclear Power

Greenhalgh, Geoffrey
Graham & Trotman 1980        Dewey Dec.    621

“…Vital topics discussed include methods of power generation, nuclear safeguards, waste disposal, the Three Mile Island incident and opposition to nuclear power. Each topic is considered in relation to developing countries and communist states as well as the USA and Western Europe”

Domestic Solar Energy: a guide for the home owner

Harper, Gavin D.J.
Ramsbury 2008        Dewey Dec.    621

Energy Alternatives: opposing viewpoints

Haugen, David M., ed.
Greenhaven 2010        Dewey Dec.    621

Explores the topics relating to alternative sources of energy by presenting varied expert opinions that examine many of the different aspects that comprise these issues. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find sources and publications.

Hawkins’ Mechanical Dictionary

Hawkins, Nehemiah
Audel 1909        Dewey Dec.    621

Cyclopedia of technical words, terms and phrases belonging to mechanical engineering and the mechanic arts, defined in language that may be understood by the workingman. includes biographical notes of men distinguished in the field of engineering and invention.
– – A.L.A. Catalog 1904-1911

Mechanical Movements; Powers and Devices

Hiscox, Gardner Dexter
Henley 1914        Dewey Dec.    621

Subtitle: “A treatise describing mechanical movements and devices used in constructive and operative machinery and the mechanical arts, being practically a mechanical dictionary, commencing with a rudimentary description of the early known mechanical powers and detailing the various motions, appliances and inventions used in the mechanical arts to the present time”.

Nuclear Power

Kidd, J.S. and Kidd, Renee A.
Facts on File 2006        Dewey Dec.    621

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Earth, the Sequel: the race to reinvent energy and stop global warming

Krupp, Fred and Horn, Miriam
Norton 2008        Dewey Dec.    621

Krupp, longtime president of the Environmental Defense Fund, and Horn present a stirring and hopeful call to arms as they feature the bold innovators and investors who are reinventing energy and the ways we use it.
A new industrial revolution — Harnessing the sun, part I — Harnessing the sun, part II — Fuels from living creatures — New sources of biofuels — Ocean energy — Power from the earth — Reconsidering coal — Today’s solutions — A world of possibility.

Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air

MacKay, David J. C.
CK-12 2016       

Originally published 1931. “This book explores six strategies for eliminating the gap between consumption and renewable production.” High School level. – Website

How to Solar Power Your Home: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply

Maeda, Martha
Atlantic 2011        Dewey Dec.    621

“This book will guide anyone interested in the process of installing and utilizing solar power for their home in the process of searching for, buying, or building their own solar power system. Learn how solar power and other alternative energy sources can help to save the world regardless of the cost and how you can start surveying your own energy use and efficiency. Learn how you can start making basic adjustments to become more efficient and how solar power can help you before you start any major projects.”

Nuclear Power in Industry; A Guide for Tradesmen and Technicians

Meyer, Leo A.
American Technical Society 1974        Dewey Dec.    621

State of the Art of Nuclear Power Plant Construction

Parsons, Robert C.
Pennsylvania State Univ. 1976         Dewey Dec.    621

Energy Alternatives

Povey, Karen D.
Thomson Gale 2007        Dewey Dec.    621

Chapters: In pursuit of energy alternatives — Alternative vehicle fuels — What is the potential of solar power? — Harnessing energy from the earth : wind, wave, and geothermal power — The nuclear option — The future of alternative energy.

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Alternative Energy: Beyond Fossil Fuels

Rau, Dana Meachen
Compass Point 2010        Dewey Dec.    621

Chapters: Running on empty — Solar energy: living off the grid — Wind energy: old MacDonald had a turbine — Geothermal energy: Earth working for us — Hydro energy: going with the flow — Biomass energy: moving toward change — Saving energy is a solution, too!

Turning the Corner: Energy Solutions for the 21st Century

Riley, Dohn
Alternative Energy Institute 2001        Dewey Dec.    621

Solar Power

Rooney, Anne
Gareth Stevens 2008        Dewey Dec.    621

Selected Articles about the History of Science & Technology

The Dirty Energy Dilemma: What’s Blocking Clean Power in the United States

Sovacool, Benjamin K.
Praeger 2008        Dewey Dec.    621

The big four energy challenges — The big four clean solutions — Financial and market impediments — Political and regulatory obstacles — Cultural and behavioral barriers — Aesthetic and environmental challenges — The big four policy mechanisms

Wind and Water

Tabak, John
Facts on File 2009        Dewey Dec.    621

Harnessing Power from the Sun

Walker, Niki
Paw Prints 2007        Dewey Dec.    621

Energy in our lives — Energy challenge — The sun’s energy — Let the sun shine in — Catching the heat — Solar power plants — Solar cells — Smart solar designs — Solar power history — Solar power limits — Making the change

Hydrogen: Running on Water

Walker, Niki
Crabtree 2007        Dewey Dec.    621

Chapters: Everyday energy — Time for change — What is hydrogen? — Freeing hydrogen — Storing power — Fuel cells — On the road — Hydrogen’s history — Obstacles — Making the change — Timeline — Glossary

Chernobyl, the Forbidden Truth

Yaroshinska, Alla
University of Nebraska 1995        Dewey Dec.    621

Steam Power Engineering Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Steam Engineering”. Be patient as the page loads.

The Steam Engine. A Concise Treatise for Students and Engineers.

Benjamin, Charles Henry
Technical press 1909        Dewey Dec.    621.1

States clearly elementary principles and discusses their application in design, and describes construction and operation of modern reciprocating engines. Accurate, well arranged and only moderately technical.
– – A.L.A. Catalog 1904-1911

Steam Boilers

Croft, Terrell
McGraw-Hill 1922        Dewey Dec.    621.1

“Deals with the steam boiler and its accessories in an elementary manner.”
“The drawings are line blocks, without any of those illegible useless abominations known as publishers’ blocks or catalogue cuts. They are really elucidative of the text, and the whole work is the clearest exposition of steam boilers that we have seen. To the engineer it forms a necessity, not merely a want.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Science and Useful Arts (1931)

Steam-engine Principles and Practice

Croft, Terrell, ed.
McGraw-Hill 1922        Dewey Dec.    621.1

“A good home study book addressed to the operating engineer or power plant superintendent and designed ‘to supply such information as will enable the reader to wisely select, operate, care for, and repair steam engines and to make a study of and where possible improve their economy.’ Questions and problems accompany each of the 16 divisions, and solutions of the problems are added in an appendix. Illustrated with 548 line drawings made for the work.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Science and Useful Arts (1931)

Story of the Engine from Lever to Liberty Motor

Decker, Wilbur F.
Scribner 1920        Dewey Dec.    621.1

“Readable, nontechnical explanation of the basic principles of mechanics and the historical development and present forms of the best types of engines. Well suited to the lay reader or high school pupil. Numerous diagrams.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Science and Useful Arts (1931)

Locomotive Catechism

Grimshaw, Robert
Henley 1905        Dewey Dec.    621.1

Subtitle: “A complete treatise on the locomotive, containing 1,600 questions and their answers, covering the design, construction, repair and running of all kinds of locomotive, being intended as examination questions for engineers, firemen, and all other railroad men.”

Steam-Plant Operation

Woodruff, Everett B. et al.
McGraw-Hill 1984        Dewey Dec.    621.1

Electric Engineering Collection

About 200 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Electric Engineering”. Be patient as the page loads.

Electrical Engineering Collection

About 200 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Electrical Engineering.

Electronics Collection

About 750 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Electronics.
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Electronics Collection

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Collection of 80+ books related to Electronics, free and online, at the Internet Archive.

Electricity in Your Life

Adler, Irving
John Day 1965        Dewey Dec.    621.3

“An illustrated introduction to the many facets and functions of electricity as we encounter it in daily activity.”

Electric Railway Transportation

Blake, Henry W. and Jackson, Walter
McGraw-Hill 1917        Dewey Dec.    621.3

“Few, if any, of the many books on electric railways deal with the transportation methods and practices in such details as this one. Consequently, its field of interest extends beyond that of the engineers interested in the design of electric railway equipment to that of all engineers who have anything to do with electric railways.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Science and Useful Arts (1931)

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Electric Railway Engineering

Harding, C. Francis and Ewing, Dressel D
McGraw-Hill 1916        Dewey Dec.    621.3

“Designed as a college text and as an electrical railway instruction and reference book. Authors are [1926] respectively professor, electrical engineering and professor, electric railway engineering, Purdue University.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Science and Useful Arts (1931)

The Home Owner Handbook of Electrical Repairs

Hertzberg, Robert E.
Bounty 1974        Dewey Dec.    621.3

Wiring 1-2-3: Install, Upgrade, Repair, and Maintain your Home’s Electrical System

Home Depot Books
Meredith 2000        Dewey Dec.    621.3

Topics: Electrical, House & Home / Electrical, Amateurs’ manuals, Electric wiring, Upgrading & repair of home wiring, Maintaining home wiring, Home Electrical System, Installing home wiring

Electric Motors and Motor Controls

Keljik, Jeff
Delmar 1995        Dewey Dec.    621.3

Selected Articles about World War Two

Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering I

Johnson, Don
OpenStax Textbooks       

“Power creation and transmission and information have been the underlying themes of electrical engineering for a century and a half. This course concentrates on the latter theme: the representation, manipulation, transmission, and reception of information by electrical means. This course describes what information is, how engineers quantify information, and how electrical signals represent information.” – Book Introduction

Superpower; its Genesis and Future

Murray, William Spencer
McGraw-Hill 1925        Dewey Dec.    621.3

Chapter headings are: 1. Power, 2. The Birth of Electric Utilities, 3. Ownership of Utilities, 4. Political Ownership, 5. The Superpower Survey, 6. What has been Done, 7. Railroad Electrification, 8. Superpower and Interstate Relations, 9. Superpower and the Interstate Commerce Commission, 10. Public Service Commissions, 11. Federal Power Commission, 12. Financing Superpower, 13. The Field of Superpower and Economic Studies, 14. Process Fuels and Pulverized Coal, 15. Collateral Facts and Conclusions

Handbook for Electrical Engineers; A Reference Book for Practicing Engineers and Students of Engineering

Pender, Harold and Del Mar, William Arthur, eds.
Wiley 1922        Dewey Dec.    621.3

“A valuable, comprehensive reference book. Arranged alphabetically; each subject by a specialist. Bibliography at end of each article.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Science and Useful Arts (1931)

How to Make and Use Electric Motors

Renner, Al G.
Putnam 1974        Dewey Dec.    621.3

Text and diagrams give instructions for building the mini, midi, and maxi motors and for performing various experiments

Electric Power Plant Engineering

Weingreen, Joshua
McGraw 1922        Dewey Dec.    621.3

“A standard work on electric central station and sub-station engineering. Plans and descriptions of typical central stations and sub-stations are included. An appendix contains useful tables.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Science and Useful Arts (1931)

Home Wiring from Start to Finish

Wood, Robert W.
Tab 1990        Dewey Dec.    621.3


Angelo, Joseph A.
Facts on File 2006        Dewey Dec.    621.4

Contains essays that examine significant people, events, discoveries, collaborations, and experiments related to the development and use of rockets, and includes an extensive chronology, photographs and illustrations, and a glossary. From fire arrows to Mars missions — Rocket propulsion fundamentals — Pioneering rocket planes — Military missiles and rockets — Space launch vehicles — Launch sites — Upper-stage rockets and orbital transfer vehicles — Sounding rockets — Nuclear rockets to Mars and beyond — Electric propulsion for deep-space missions — Advanced propulsion systems for the 21st century — Interstellar probes and starships — Conclusion — Chronology — Glossary — Further reading

Books on Science, Technology, Genetics

Diesel Engine Manual

Black, O. Perry
Audel 1981        Dewey Dec.    621.4

Lift-off; The Story of Rocket Power

Coombs, Charles I.
Morrow 1963        Dewey Dec.    621.4

Gas, Gasoline and Oil-Engines, Including Producer-Gas Plants

Hiscox, Garner Dexter
Henley 1906        Dewey Dec.    621.4

Subtitle: “A new, complete, and practical work on gas, gasoline, kerosene, and crude petroleum oil-engines, including producer-gas plants for gas-engine owners, gas engineers, and intending purchasers of gas-engines, fully describing and illustrating the theory, design, construction and management of the explosive motor for stationary, marine, and vehicle motor power”.
351 illustrations
“Non-mathematical descriptions of most American types. This edition contains new matter on marine engines and motors, and new illustrations. Very popular with operators. The two volumes in the international Library of Technology (93-94) are among the best on practical operation.”
– – A.L.A. Catalog 1904-1911

Chilton’s Guide to Small Engine Repair

Rivele, Richard J.
Chilton 1994        Dewey Dec.    621.4

Includes how-to information for: Briggs & Stratton, Kawasaki, Kohler K-series 4-stroke; Kohler Command; Kohler Magnum; Tecumseh 2-stroke; Tecumseh 4-stroke; and Tecumseh Vector engines.

The Lady Mechanic’s Total Car Care for the Clueless

Volpe, Ren
St. Martin’s Griffin 1998        Dewey Dec.    621.4

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