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. New York, N.Y. The original edition of Calculus Made Easy was written by Silvanus P. Thompson and published in , with subsequent editions in. Calculus Made Easy has ratings and 60 reviews. Isaac said: It’s still not Before there was the beloved Martin Gardner, there was Sylvanus P Thompson.
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Calculus Made Easy 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.
With a new introduction, three new chapters, modernized language and methods throughout, and an appendix of challenging and enjoyable practice problems, Calculus Made Easy has been Calculus Made Easy 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.
Calculus Made Easy
With a new introduction, three new chapters, modernized calfulus and methods throughout, and an appendix of challenging and enjoyable practice problems, Calculus Made Easy has been thoroughly updated for the modern reader.
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Lists with This Book. Feb 01, Isaac rated it it was amazing. It’s still not that easy, but – as Martin Gardner explains in the introduction – this book still outshines any textbook in terms of accessibility and simplicity. I know I didn’t.
No wonder many people still look at math students as possessing a form of ‘genius’ that is both threatening and alienating at the same time. This book was written for school kids back in It’s still not that easy, but – as Martin Gardner explains in the introduction – this book still outshines any textbook in terms of czlculus and simplicity.
This book was written for silvansu kids back in and contains very simple explanations with a little bit of dry humor thrown in. Very British and sensible, and a much better approach to teaching mathematics to children or, in my case, 28 year olds.
Mad props for being the first calculus text I didn’t hate, and actually being fun. I really got a feel for how important it was for Thompson to remove the intimidation from calculus. The style is conversational, even breezy. What one fool can do, another can.
Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson
The invective against obscurantism in mathematics is also spot on. But let’s be honest: To be fair to Thompson, though, the simplicity comes in part from using infinitesimals rather than limits, and the logical basis for infinitesimals wouldn’t achieve rigor until non-standard analysis circaor smooth infinitesimal analysis circa Heck, Thompson wrote while mainstream analysis was still being worked out.
So highly recommended to a bright high-schooler or baffled undergrad, ideally to be followed by A Primer of Infinitesimal Analysisif you can convince people that you don’t need the standard analysis curriculum. Aug 15, Rod Jr. Thompsln all the math books I’ve read, this one is by far the most exciting. Thompson was both irreverent and witty in silvaus development of the subject.
Prior to this book, I had attempted to wade through a couple of college entry-level calculus textbooks, but found the style of both authors to be obtuse and obfuscating. I would read in one until I couldn’t go any farther, then I would read in the other up to the same subject point.
Then I would realize what both of them were trying to say. The simplicity that they had mangled has all been straightened out under the compassionate and clear pen of Sylvanus P.
When I first found this book in the mid’s, I thought at first that it was one of those “made easy” trend books I had been seeing so much of. But no, this little gem had seen by then three dozen reprintings starting in There are so many things I wish had been done to illuminate the subject more thoroughly, but perhaps one day I’ll have to write it myself.
The idea of calculus is so simple, and Mr. Thompson’s little book is the best that I’ve seen, yet. Sep 28, Roger rated it it was amazing.
This was a book that I skimmed through, rather than thoroughly digested, not least because much of each chapter consists of worked examples and exercises which I didn’t attempt. I studied calculus at school, and used it occasionally at university, but I’ve not needed it since so this was a trip down memory lane. I was attracted to this book by its title, which struck me as unusual forwhen my thomson was published, and its contents didn’t disappoint.
The author does indeed present the subj This was a book that I skimmed through, rather than thoroughly digested, not least because much of each chapter consists of worked examples and exercises which I didn’t attempt.
The author does indeed present the subject in a way that is easy to understand, and in a style that is entertaining. As I expected, it brought back memories of learning calculus at school although I don’t recall the subject being so clearly explained as in this book. Someone trying to learn calculus for the first time could do far worse than using this work as their primer. I should emphasise that the edition I read was not the one updated by Martin Gardner, with its new introduction, three new chapters and modernised language.
These changes will probably have made it more madf to the modern audience. Nevertheless the edition I read, which incidentally I downloaded for nothing from the Internet Archive because it’s out of copyright, eeasy very readable and it’s antiquated style only served to enhance my enjoyment.
Sep 20, Ruchita rated it really liked it Shelves: This isn’t all the other calculus books out there. In fact, this is a very old book early 20th century and it’s surprising how accessible it is I would say, more than today’s books.
The writer is witty and sympathetic at all times the first chapter is called ‘To Deliver You From Preliminary Terrors’. Jun 08, Wm Pope rated it it was amazing. Rasy have been doing some reading that requires brushing up on my integration. Integration is one of those skills that goes to rust quickly if you don’t use it. Got a copy of Calculus Made Easy. It turned out to not be at all what I’m looking for yet I calclus rating it 5 stars!
If you want to learn calculus read this book first. If you ever wondered what calculus was about find a co I have been silganus some reading that requires brushing up on my integration. If you ever wondered what calculus was about find a copy of this book and read the first 4 – 5 chapters, they’re short. Calculus Made Easy demystifies the concepts and clearly explains the symbols and language of differentiation and integration. The author acknowledges that the language of calculus is obtuse and pokes some fun at the mathematicians that came up with.
Martin Gardner has updated and revised the latest edition. The sections by Mr Gardner are good but not as lucid as those of the original. This is ONLY because the original is so good. If you have any interest in math or are going to be forced into taking Calculus Calculus Made Easy will make the topic enjoyable or at least understandable. Dec 21, Peter is currently reading it Shelves: You can download a PDF of the edition at http: The book is a fun, cheap, and somewhat dated way to get into calculus.
It’s certainly not “rigorous” by a long shot, but it does what it sets out to do: 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. So start here if you’re new-ish to calculus. It’s been pointed out by others that Martin Gardner’s changes for the edition are of dubious value, and I agree.
Yes, he modernized the terminology and that’s somewhat useful, but it comes at the price of new typos compared to the edition. He also messed a bit too much with the examples in the text, leaving out some and complicating without any hints as to why others.
Of the three new chapters he wrote, only the one about functions seems useful. If Thompson had wanted to bother with limits and epsilon-delta stuff he would have, so why drag that into the book? I guess it’s understandable that Gardner wanted to do more than just change the wording given that his name is all over the cover, but he has not improved the book as far as I am concerned.
I can’t say anything about his 20 new problems, but I would assume that they are a lot harder than anything else in the book.
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Feb 01, Maxwell Pollack rated it really liked it. The author doesn’t seem to have a consistent audience in mind. He can’t decide what level of reader he’s teaching. Oct 15, Arun Mahendrakar rated it really liked it. I’m a software developer and have had my interests in Mathematics for quite some time now.
But my knowledge about Calculus was very limited. Hence I picked up this book. The book has thompsom simple language and of course since this a book about an advanced concept, the reader is expected to have some background in Mathematics. The author provides some examples practicing which gets the concepts ingrained in the readers’ mind. I’ll be honest, I didn’t solve most maed the problems that was not my intent I’m a software developer and have had my interests in Mathematics for quite some time now.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t solve most of the problems that was not my intention of reading the book either. The book goes into some depth and talks about chain rule, product rule and the quotient rule in Differential Calculus. It would’ve made it the book better if it had a chapter on Limits as well.