John Bird is the former Head of Applied Electronics in the Faculty of Technology at Highbury College, Portsmouth, U.K. More recently, he has combined freelance lecturing at the University of Portsmouth, with Examiner responsibilities for Advanced Mathematics with City and Guilds and examining for the International Baccalaureate Organisation. He is the author of over 130 textbooks on engineering and mathematical subjects with worldwide sales of over one million copies. He is a chartered engineer, a chartered mathematician, a chartered scientist and a Fellow of three professional institutions and is currently lecturing at the Defence School of Marine Engineering in the Defence College of Technical Training at H.M.S. Sultan, Gosport, Hampshire, U.K, one of the largest technical training establishments in Europe.
The book is one of my personal `go to' books when seeking appropriate worked examples, diagrams, and solutions due to its capable style and composition and sheer coverage - the subject matter that is covered is considerable and thorough. - Michael Lanigan, Waterford Institute of Technology John Bird has always hit the mark in terms of being `helpful' to students particularly in his most recent books as they provide full worked solutions... I think that new materials are important in order to refresh topics and I agree that the section on new energy sources is particularly important and relevant at this time. - Sandra Schia, Kingston College (Surrey)