on 20 June 2001
This book has been in print for over 27 years, and it is easy to see why it has become a design bible for a generation of engineers. Covering everything from basic op-amp theory to advanced circuit techniques (warning: math-o-phobes beware), there will be something within its pages which will be useful to all circuit designers, saving valuable development time (and brain cells). All of the theoretical work is underpinned by practical circuit examples using real op-amps and actual components, not just 'beer mat' sketches accompanied by the immortal line "component value calculations will be left as an exercise for the reader".
After an introduction to op-amps, the book is divided into several chapters which describe, in detail, the design and operation of most of the circuit blocks used in analogue work, for example, rectifiers, peak detectors, sample and hold, multipliers, comparators, integrators, differentiators, multivibrators, oscillators, signal generators etc. Finally, a useful appendix is included which gathers together the datasheets for the many popular op-amps used throughout the book.
In conclusion, Jung has assembled all the essential items necessary to create an indispensable reference guide for anyone who is involved in designing analogue electronic circuits using op-amps. It is clearly written, concisely explains difficult concepts, covers the whole range of op-amp design and contains many fully realised circuits which actually work!