Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · 5 by Silvanus P. Thompson. Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson. No cover available. Calculus Made Easy is a book on calculus originally published in by Silvanus P. Thompson, considered a classic and elegant introduction to the subject. New York, N.Y. The original edition of Calculus Made Easy was written by Silvanus P. Thompson and published in , with subsequent editions in.

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Got a copy of Calculus Made Easy. 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.

If you want to learn calculus read this book first. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This is ONLY because the original is so good. Oct 15, Arun Mahendrakar rated it really liked it. This book got me through calculus after I slept through the first 5 weeks and realized I didn’t know what was going on anymore. The original book can be obtained free from gutenberg.

The style thokpson conversational, even breezy. But no, this little gem had seen by then three dozen reprintings starting in Silvxnus would’ve made it the book better if calculux had a chapter on Limits as well.

If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. I myself learned calculus in much the same way as it is This book definitely makes calculus easy, by presenting it with simple enough concepts that are then backed up by the mathematics needed to understand them. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote.

The sections by Mr Gardner are good but not as lucid as those of the original. 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. My judgement of the cover notwithstanding, Thompson does manage to demystify an intimidating topic. 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.

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Aug 09, Jason Rubenstein rated it it was amazing. Although I still don’t understand calculus I really enjoyed reading this book. But all in all was a helpful book. Not only that, Martin Gardener wrote an amazing preface and reviewed the entire book.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Heck, Thompson wrote while mainstream analysis was still being worked out. Good introduction book ewsy the concepts of calculus. I learned calc in high school and hated it.

Aug 15, Rod Jr. 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. Silvanus P ThompsonMartin Gardner. Hence I picked up this book.

Success in caluclus beginning instead of failure goes a long way toward further study. If you ever wondered what calculus was about find czlculus copy of this book and read the first 4 – 5 chapters, they’re short. Mad props for being the first calculus text I didn’t hate, and actually being fun.

If you ever wondered what calculus was about find a co I have been doing some reading that requires brushing up on my integration. Available for free on project Gutenberg as a beautifully typeset PDF, this amazing little book presents the most fundamental ideas of the calculus in a surprisingly approachable way.

But let’s be honest: The author acknowledges that the language of calculus is obtuse and pokes some fun at the mathematicians that came up with.


This article about a mathematical publication is a stub. He lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina. I really got a feel for how important it was for Thompson to remove the intimidation from calculus.

Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson

Jun 13, Patrick rated it really liked it. Calculus Made Easy is a book on infinitesimal calculus originally published in by Silvanus P. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The writer is witty and sympathetic at all times the first chapter is called ‘To Deliver You From Preliminary Terrors’.

Nice book, often funny, and the concepts are explained very clearly. It’s certainly light on rigor, but for an introductory primer,that’s not such a terrible thing.

Someone trying to learn calculus for the first time could do far worse than using this work as maxe primer. Of the three new chapters he wrote, only the one about functions seems useful.

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A warning to purchasers of this book as an e-pub. It can be freely accessed on Project Gutenberg. The author provides some examples practicing which gets the concepts ingrained in the readers’ mind. Published October 15th by St. The original text continues to be available as of from Macmillan and Co. List of Martin Gardner Mathematical Games columns.

It turned out to not be at all what I’m looking for yet I am rating it 5 stars! This book definitely makes calculus easy, by presenting it with simple enough concepts that are then backed up by the mathematics needed to understand them.