Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Thompson, Silvanus Phillips , Calculus made easy: being a very-simplest introduction to those. Calculus Made Easy has ratings and 60 reviews. Isaac said: It’s still not that easy, but – as Martin Gardner explains in the introduction – this book. Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus Phillips Thompson, Fig. 2 & 3. Author, Silvanus P. Thompson. Country, United Kingdom. Language, English. Genre, infinitesimal calculus. Publication date. Website, Calculus Made Easy is a book on infinitesimal calculus originally published in by.

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Readers will surely realise this book and that in many respects the calculus is an art rather than science. The writer is witty and sympathetic at all times the first chapter is called ‘To Deliver You From Preliminary Terrors’. But no, this little gem had seen by then three dozen reprintings starting in It’s a clear, simple but practical look at calculus and without it I probably would have became a liberal arts major.

The author doesn’t seem to have a consistent audience in mind. Success in the beginning instead of failure goes a long way toward further study.

We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Jan 12, Ellen Kock rated it it was amazing. Makes me remember why I loved studying calculus.

Aug 30, Thomposn Wolff rated it really liked it. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. I’m a software developer and have had my interests in Mathematics for thompon some time now.

Aug 26, Allyn rated it it was amazing. My nook Simple makes for very difficult reading of the equations without a magnifying glass. This book got me through calculus after I slept through the first 5 weeks and realized I didn’t calcylus what was going on anymore.

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To a non-mathematician, its simplicity and clarity reveals the mathematical genius of Newton, Leibniz, and Thompson himself. Silvwnus only that, Martin Gardener wrote an amazing preface and reviewed the entire book.

It’s fun when someone loves the subject so much. D You can download a PDF of the edition at djm. Mar 07, Jacqueline rated it it was amazing. Integration is one of those skills that goes to rust quickly if you don’t use it.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Silvsnus Policy. He lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Slivanus article about a mathematical publication is a stub. List of Martin Gardner Mathematical Games columns. 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.

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. Gardner changes “fifth form boys” to the more American sounding and gender neutral “high school students,” updates many now obsolescent mathematical notations or terms, and uses American decimal dollars and cents in currency examples.

It made me think of all the abstractions which were equally ‘correct’ that lost out over the years. Calculus is first introduced with integrals, to first teach infinitesimals and why they are interesting. It’s been pointed out by others that Martin Gardner’s changes for the edition are of dubious value, and I agree. Sep 28, Roger rated it it was amazing.

The idea of infinitesimals is much more intuitive to me than limits as well. Hardcoverpages. Description Calculus Made Easy has long been the most popular calculus primer, and this major revision of the classic math thomlson makes the subject at hand still more comprehensible to readers of all levels. How making that aesy from learning trigonometry and algebra to learning calculus is a profound experience.

Although I still don’t understand calculus I really enjoyed reading this book.

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I’m happy to have this legendary book as my first Math book read from cover to cover. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

Calculus Made Easy

Martin’s Press first published Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Martin Gardner has updated and revised the latest edition. Nov 15, Oleksandr Bilyk rated it it was amazing. The simplicity that they had mangled has all been straightened out under falculus compassionate and clear pen of Sylvanus P.

I strongly thompzon it. 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.

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Martin’s Press which provides an introduction; three preliminary chapters explaining functionsphillopsand derivatives ; an appendix of recreational calculus problems; and notes for modern readers. 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.

There are so many things I wish had been done to illuminate the subject more thoroughly, but perhaps puillips day I’ll have to write it myself.

Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus Phillips Thompson

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. 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.

This book fixed that and was a ton of fun to read. Wikiquote has quotations related to: