Listed here are some of the best books is recommend for those wishing to explore instrumentation outside on your own:

Instrument Engineers’ Handbook series (Volumes I, II, and III), edited by B´ela Lipt´ak
By Far the best modern references on the subject. Unfortunately, there is a fair amount of material within that lies well beyond my students’ grasp (Laplace transforms, etc.), and the volumes are incredibly bulky and expensive (nearly 2000 pages, and at a cost of nearly $200.00, apiece!). These texts also lack some of the basic content my students do need, and I don’t have the heart to tell them to buy yet another textbook to fill the gaps.

Handbook of Instrumentation and Controls, by Howard P. Kallen.
Perhaps the best-written textbook on general instrumentation I have ever encountered. Too bad it is both long out of print –  and technologically dated. Like most American textbooks written during the years immediately following Sputnik, it is a masterpiece of practical content and conceptual clarity. It is to consider books like this useful for their presentations of “first principles,” which of course are timeless.

Industrial Instrumentation Fundamentals, by Austin E. Fribance.
Another great post-Sputnik textbook.

Instrumentation for Process Measurement and Control, by Norman A. Anderson.
An inspiring effort by someone who knows the art of teaching as well as the craft of instrumentation. Too bad the content doesn’t seem to have been updated since 1980.

Applied Instrumentation in the Process Industries (Volume I), edited by William G. Andrew.
A very clear and fairly comprehensive overview of industrial instrumentation. Sadly, this fine book is too out of print, and much of the material is dated (second edition written in 1979).


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