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This page contains general information that is useful across the math, science, and engineering disciplines.


  • The Elements of Style by Strunk and White
  • On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by Zinsser

Technical, Scientific, and Mathematical Writing[]

  • Writing Science: How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded by Schimel
  • The Craft of Scientific Writing by Alley
  • A Primer of Mathematical Writing: Being a Disquisition on Having Your Ideas Recorded, Typeset, Published, Read, and Appreciated by Krantz [Free on arXiv]
  • Handbook of Writing for the Mathematical Sciences by Higham
  • Handbook of Technical Writing by Alred, Brusaw, and Oliu
  • A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers by Turabian
  • Writing for Computer Science by Zobel
  • Mathematical Publishing: A Guidebook by Krantz


Also check out this site which lets you find LaTeX symbol names by hand-drawing them.


  • The Craft of Scientific Presentations: Critical Steps to Succeed and Critical Errors to Avoid by Alley
  • Designing Science Presentations: A Visual Guide to Figures, Papers, Slides, Posters, and More by Carter
  • When the Scientist Presents: An Audio and Video Guide to Science Talks by Lebrun
  • Even a Geek Can Speak: Low-Tech Presentation Skills For High-Tech People by Asher

Professionalism and Career Development[]

  • Unwritten Laws of Engineering by King and Skakoon
  • Advice to Rocket Scientists: A Career Survival Guide for Scientists and Engineers by Longuski
  • Engineer Your Own Success: 7 Key Elements to Creating an Extraordinary Engineering Career by Fasano
  • Career Success in Engineering: A Guide for Students and New Professionals by Berson and Benner
  • Stuff You Don't Learn in Engineering School: Skills for Success in the Real World by Selinger
  • Power of Professionalism: The Seven Mind-Sets That Drive Performance and Build Trust by Wiersma
  • How To Win Friends and Influence People by Carnegie 


  • Whistleblowers: Broken Lives and Organizational Power by Alford 
  • The Whistleblowers: Exposing Corruption in Government and Industry by Glazer
  • Whistleblower's Handbook: A Step-By-Step Guide To Doing What's Right And Protecting Yourself by Kohn
  • The Ghost of the Executed Engineer: Technology and the Fall of the Soviet Union by Graham


  • The Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle
  • The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis
  • Ethics for the Information Age by Quinn

Engineering Ethics[]

  • The Ford Pinto Case: A Study In Applied Ethics, Business, And Technology by Birsch and Fielder
  • Hold Paramount: The Engineer's Responsibility to Society by Vesilind and Gunn
  • Thinking Like an Engineer: Studies in the Ethics of a Profession by Davis
  • What Every Engineer Should Know about Ethics by Humphreys
  • Engineering Ethics by Fleddermann
  • Ethics in Engineering by Martin and Schinzinger

Scientific Integrity and Ethics[]

  • Plastic Fantastic: How the Biggest Fraud in Physics Shook the Scientific World by Reich (Book on Jan Hendrik Schön)
  • On Fact and Fraud: Cautionary Tales from the Front Lines of Science by Goodstein
  • Betrayers of the Truth: Fraud and Deceit in Science by Broad and Wade
  • Scientific Integrity: Text and Cases in Responsible Conduct of Research by Macrina
  • On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research by the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine

Legal Matters[]

  • Contracts for Engineers: Intellectual Property, Standards, and Ethics by Hunter
  • Intellectual Property Law for Engineers and Scientists by Rockman
  • Patent Law by Mueller


  • An Introduction to Scientific Research (Dover Book) by Wilson Jr.
  • Research Methodology: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners by Kumar (focuses on social sciences)
  • The Art of Scientific Investigation by Beveridge

Devices and Apparatuses[]

  • Practical Electronics for Inventors by Scherz and Monk
  • Learning the Art of Electronics: A Hands-On Lab Course by Hayes and Horowitz
  • The Art of Electronics by Horowitz and Hill
  • Building Scientific Apparatus by Moore, Davis, and Coplan
  • Reliability in Scientific Research: Improving the Dependability of Measurements, Calculations, Equipment, and Software by Walker

Error Analysis[]

  • An Introduction to Error Analysis: The Study of Uncertainties in Physical Measurements by Taylor
  • Measurements and their Uncertainties: A Practical Guide to Modern Error Analysis by Hughes and Hase
  • Data Reduction and Error Analysis for the Physical Sciences by Bevington and Robinson


  • Probability and Statistics by DeGroot and Schervish
  • Mathematical Statistics with Applications by Wackerly, Mendenhall, and Scheaffer 
  • Statistical Inference by Casella and Berger

Design of Experiments[]

  • Statistics for Experimenters: Design, Innovation, and Discovery by Box, Hunter, and Hunter
  • Design and Analysis of Experiments by Montgomery
  • Experiments: Planning, Analysis, and Optimization by Wu and Hamada 

Academia and Graduate School[]

  • A Mathematician's Survival Guide: Graduate School and Early Career Development by Krantz
  • Tomorrow's Professor: Preparing for Careers in Science and Engineering by Reis
  • A PhD Is Not Enough!: A Guide to Survival in Science by Feibelman
  • The Survival of a Mathematician: From Tenure to Emeritus by Krantz

Teaching and Lecturing[]

  • How to Teach Mathematics by Krantz 
  • Teaching Engineering by Wankat and Oreovicz
  • The Effective, Efficient Professor: Teaching Scholarship and Service by Wankat
  • Advisor, Teacher, Role Model, Friend: On Being a Mentor to Students in Science and Engineering by the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine

Engineering Philosophy[]

  • The Civilized Engineer by Florman
  • What Engineers Know and How They Know It: Analytical Studies from Aeronautical History by Vincenti
  • The Existential Pleasures of Engineering by Florman
  • To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design by Petroski

Science Writings[]