This online engineering textbook was in its 4th edition when I last visited their site. It is written by the father and son team of John H. Lienhard IV, Professor, University of Houston and John H. Lienhard V, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has been offered freely online since 2000.
Free Engineering Textbooks
Engineering is one of those academic disciplines where students must take a variety of courses to be prepared to work in their field. One site defines engineering as, “the discipline, art, skill and profession of acquiring and applying scientific, mathematical, economic, social, and practical knowledge, in order to design and build structures, machines, devices, systems, materials and processes that safely realize improvements to the lives of people.”
I’ve been disappointed that it hasn’t been easier to find more free online engineering textbooks to share with you here. It would seem since technology plays such a major role in their day-to-day activities that they would be among the educators and scholars who would readily embrace the Open Textbook movement. Hopefully, I have just been looking in the wrong places and will find many more online texts to share with everyone here on The Free Textbook List.