Value of Books

You can’t judge a book by its cover, but you certainly can by its value. Learn about the Value of Books, and how they influence research, professions and careers from our favorite writers – our authors. Learn more about our “Value of Books” initiative and how you can tell your story as an author.

Researcher Story: Sumita Mitra

Author Story: How One Book Influenced My Academic Career

The Value of Writing a Book: Dr. Michael D’Andrea’s  Story on Trying to Cure Alzheimer’s

Value of Books: The Rat Nervous System by Gulgun Sengul

Hear What Other Authors Have to Say:

I LOVE my books.  I mark them up in the margins, fold down corners, put post-it notes on pages I want to go back and stick things in so that I find them when I need them, write on the outside covers.  That’s not disrespect; it’s a tribute to what the books can be.  They become part of your life, like favorite old clothes, your home, part of your environment.  It’s possible to do the same sort of thing electronically, but emotionally it doesn’t come close. – Mike Ashby author of Materials Selection in Mechanical Design

Books are a vital element in the learning process and form a solid backdrop to a student’s study structure, meaning they form a verified independent source of information in a fixed structure that aids referring back. For me, this led to a move into published papers and on-line sources to maintain awareness of new developments. Electronic books form part of this, but for the fundamentals, books are invaluable. – Guy Hundy,  Author of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps

In my opinion books are most important source of power for my research. From books I can learn various kinds of basic knowledge and such knowledge can help me to develop new techniques in my field.  – Zong-Xian Zhang, author of Rock Fracture and Blasting

Reading seminal and recent research work in the field of safety has certainly provided me with greater knowledge and understanding that have inspired me.  I have been inspired by books  such as the one titled The  Black Swan by Nesim Taleb which helped me to appreciate the unknown unknown, and another book titled Anti fragility by the same author which helped me to appreciate such concept. I was also impressed with the book titled Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, which really provides much insight into the psychology of decision making and the book titled Resilience Engineering by Woods and others, which inspired me to know more about resilience. – Ashraf Labib, author of Learning from Failures, Decision Analysis of Major Disasters

Books provide the foundation from which new discoveries and ideas are developed – the best books build up a reader’s knowledge of the topic area in a way which enables them to apply concepts, theories, and best practices into their domain.  While most of our studies are fairly unique, the underlying concepts of the planning, design, and operations of a transportation network are a fundamental building block.  Understanding the practice of signal timing is necessary to improve how a new highway design will interact with and perhaps improve the system, as an example.  When comparing the effects of multiple transportation options, appropriate statistical tests are necessary.  Methods for estimating the number of expected collisions or the delay at an intersection can improve how we approach new solutions. – Dan Findley, author of Highway Engineering

I have always used books to help me grow my knowledge base. So I continue to read industry journals, articles and books related to subjects that I want to continue my growth in. The real outcome of most of my research into Lithium-ion batteries was the writing of my own book! – Dr. John Warner, author of The Handbook of Lithium-Ion Battery Pack Design

As a researcher I can appreciate sound research.  Without medical device regulation specialists in the United States and European Union (e.g., Germany, Italy, United Kingdom), I do not think that I could have developed a well-rounded book. Therefore, I am always grateful to other reliable researchers because relevant information would be severely limited if their work was not disseminated and accessible. – Beth Ann Fiedler, author of Managing Medical Devices within a Regulatory Framework

In my opinion books are most important source of power for my research. From books I can learn various kinds of basic knowledge and such knowledge can help me to develop new techniques in my field.  – Zong-Xian Zhang, author of Rock Fracture and Blasting

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