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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Best math book I’ve ever read. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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.
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 It also helps with the countless examples that he gives and works out to show you how each problem is done. 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.
Revision of a classic primer made more accessible by one of the twentieth century’s greatest mathematicians and thinkers.
The sections by Mr Gardner are good but not as lucid as those of the original.
Calculus Made Easy
It then follows the standard pattern of teaching differentiation first, building up the formulas, until it then applies the knowledge to integration and the different methods for it. Jun 08, Wm Pope rated it it was amazing. This book fixed that and was a ton of fun to read. 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 accessibility and simplicity.
If you want to learn calc, or need a refresher, this book is indispensable. The book is a fun, cheap, and somewhat dated way to get into calculus. Also they had put a copyright notice. I’ll be honest, I didn’t solve most of the problems that was not my intention of reading the book either.
It’s a clear, simple but practical look at calculus and without it I probably would silanus became a liberal arts major. Success in the beginning instead of failure goes a long way toward further study.
Views Read Edit View history. 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. Readers will surely realise this book and that in many respects the calculus is an art rather than science.
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Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson
It’s fun when someone loves the subject so much. Jan 12, Ellen Kock rated it it was amazing.
I myself learned calculus in much the same way as it is presented in this book, only a century later. 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 thoroughly updated for the modern reader.
I’ll be zilvanus, I didn’t solve most of the problems that was not my intent I’m a software developer .pthompson have had my interests in Mathematics for quite some time now. Aug 30, Arnaud Wolff rated it really liked it. It’s certainly not “rigorous” by a long shot, but it does what it silvans out ,ade do: 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. The choices for initial examples and exercises were sometimes more complex than they needed to be, bringing in complexities unrelated to what was being taught.
Calculus Made Easy is a book on infinitesimal calculus originally published in by Silvanus P.
What one fool can do, another can. Integration is one of those skills that goes to rust quickly if you don’t use it. Open Preview See a Problem? D You can download a PDF of the edition at djm.
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These points also help you know how the definitions or the problems. I strongly recommend it. Very British and sensible, and a much better approach to teaching mathematics to children or, in my case, 28 year olds.
How refreshing to see that calculus can be taught in p.thomposn pages instead of the modern bricks.
Feb 01, Maxwell Pollack rated it really liked it. List of Martin Gardner Mathematical Games columns. Gardner covers some of the issues that have been addressed in the teaching of higher math, and he makes no bones about the need to encourage rather than discourage those who calculua most benefit from having a practical knowledge of this powerful mathematical tool.
Good p.yhompson book to the concepts of calculus. This book was written for school kids back in and contains very simple explanations with a little bit of dry humor thrown in. 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. Its available for free with Project Gutenberg.