Calculus Made Easy is a book on infinitesimal calculus originally published in by Silvanus P. Thompson. The original text continues to be available as of. Calculus Made Easy has been a classic introduction to the subject ever since it was first published by Silvanus on in In the first major revision of . Isaac said: It’s still not that easy, but – as Martin Gardner explains in the Before there was the beloved Martin Gardner, there was Sylvanus P Thompson.

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The title should be at least 4 characters long. Calculus is first introduced with integrals, to first teach infinitesimals and why they are interesting. My judgement of the cover notwithstanding, Thompson does manage to demystify an intimidating topic. Thompson was both irreverent and witty in his development of the subject. Published Mwrtin 15th by St.

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How making that jump from learning trigonometry and algebra to learning calculus is a profound experience. With a new introduction, three new chapters, modernized language and methods throughout, and an appendix of challenging gzrdner enjoyable practice problems, Calculus Made Easy has been thoroughly updated for the modern reader. List of Martin Gardner Mathematical Games columns.

The author acknowledges that the language of calculus is obtuse and pokes some fun at the mathematicians that came up with. Feb 25, Dan Perik rated it really liked it. Learned it again in college and hated it.


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The simplicity that they had mangled has all been straightened out under the compassionate and clear pen of Sylvanus P. The style is conversational, even breezy. But the book explains lot of things in simple and elegant way. Wikiquote has quotations related to: To ask other readers questions about Calculus Made Easyplease sign up. The writer is witty and sympathetic at all times the first chapter is called ‘To Deliver You From Preliminary Terrors’.

This page was last edited on 16 Novemberat Then I would realize what both of them were trying to say. He lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

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It is difficult rating a text book. Thompson and Martin Gardner has long been the most popular calculus primer, and this major revision of the classic math text makes the subject at hand still more comprehensible to readers of all levels. Distills calculus down to its essence in a beautiful way.

Turns out I just hated how it was taught to me. Riding the Rails with Paul Theroux.

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The sllvanus by Mr Gardner are good but not as lucid as those of the original. Good introduction book to the concepts of calculus. There are plenty of more modern and more rigorous books on calculus available for free online, but I have never seen one that’s this approachable and charming, truth be told. I’ve worked my way through another calculus text because of it and am able to understand discussions about aspects of calculus in other math books as well. Calculus Made Easy ignores the use of limits with its epsilon-delta definitionreplacing it with a method of approximating to arbitrary precision directly to the correct answer in the infinitesimal spirit of Leibniznow formally justified in mde non-standard analysis and smooth infinitesimal analysis.


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Of all the math books I’ve read, this one is by far the most exciting. Jan 23, Dipesh rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The original text is now in the public domain under US copyright law although Macmillan’s copyright under UK law is reproduced in the edition from St.

So start here if you’re new-ish to calculus. It’s a clear, simple but practical look at calculus and without it I probably would have became a liberal arts major.

How to Be a Bawse. He wrote numerous technical books and manuals on electricity, magnetism, dynamos, and optics, as well as several popular biographies of prominent scientists. The Wolves of Winter. The idea of calculus is so simple, and Mr.

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