You'll probably follow a link, but I doubt you'll buy or even borrow about a dozen different engineering textbooks. Let alone keep them handy while you're reading this blog.

For many of the topics I'm covering, the Wikipedia articles are well enough written and good enough for the purposes of providing a place to go get a bit more detail. If you want more than that, go read some books.

Here are some of the texts I regularly consult while working on posts, because they are on my shelf (caveat: some of these are not the clearest or best laid out):

- Belytschko, T. et al.
*Nonlinear Finite Elements for Continua and Structures*. 2003. John Wiley & Sons. - Callister, W.D.
*Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction*, 5th ed. 2000. John Wiley & Sons. - Chadwick, P.
*Continuum Mechanics: Concise Theory and Problems*. 1999. Dover. - Kreyszig, E.
*Advanced Engineering Mathematics*, 8th ed. 1999. John Wiley & Sons. - Hibbeler, R.C.
*Mechanics of Materials*, 4th ed. 2000. Prentice Hall. - Incropera, F.P. & Dewit, D.P.
*Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer,*5th ed. 2001. John Wiley & Sons. - Malvern, L.E..
*Introduction to the Mechanics of a Continuous Medium*, 1969. Prentice-Hall - Powers, D.L.
*Boundary Value Problems*. 1999. Elsevier. - Pettifor, D.
*Bonding and Structure of Molecules and Solids.*2002. Oxford University Press. - Reddy, J.N.
*An Introduction to the Finite Element Method*. 2nd ed. 1994. McGraw-Hill. - Shigley, J.E. & Mischke, C.R.
*Mechanical Engineering Design*, 6th ed. 2001. McGraw-Hill. - Sims, L.
*The Backyard Blacksmith.*2009. Crestline Books.

I'll add others to this list as I go, but these cover the basics. I'm missing a basic physics book, a statics and a dynamics book because, unfortunately, I sold those as an undergrad. Luckily, those topics are very well covered by a number of internet sources.