Measurement and instrumentation systems. WBolton. Newnes. 400 pages, softback. ISBN 0 7506 3114 7. £20.
First year undergraduates will find this text on the basic concepts of instrumentation very good value.
Bolton starts with the determination of measurement accuracy and then covers sensors, signal conditioning and processing, data acquisition and data presentation.
He concludes with chapters on common measurements, including force, torque, pressure, strain, viscosity, acceleration, flow and temperature.
Appendices deal with differential equations, the Laplace transform, the Fourier series and sampled data systems.
The most useful section maybe data handling. This is for instrument engineers who are not fully familiar with all the terms and theory of data processing – which is handled from basic concepts.