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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Silvanus P Thompson p.tjompson, Martin Gardner. 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 can most benefit from having a practical knowledge of this powerful mathematical tool.

This book definitely makes calculus easy, by presenting it with simple enough concepts that are then backed up by the mathematics needed bu understand them. I know I didn’t.

Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson

I do know that I will buy this book for all my children when they are taking Calculus. But no, this little gem had seen by then three dozen reprintings starting in The original text continues to be available as of from Macmillan and Co.

Thompson is a cool dude. How refreshing to see that calculus can be taught in something pages instead silvansu the modern bricks.

Calculus Made Easy

Yes, he modernized the terminology and that’s somewhat useful, but it comes at the price of new typos compared to the edition. The style is conversational, even breezy.

Presented the concepts quite simply and readably. But let’s be honest: Mar 07, Jacqueline rated it it was amazing. Trivia About Calculus Made Easy.

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. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus Phillips Thompson

In the first major revision of the text sinceMartin Gardner – the ‘Mathematical Games’ columnist for Scientific American and author of over 50 books and innumerable articles – has thoroughly updated the text to reflect recent developments in method and terminology, written an extensive preface and three new chapters, and added more than 20 recreational problems for practice and enjoyment.

It turned out to not be at all what I’m looking for yet I am rating it 5 stars! Overall, it serves my intended purpose of refreshing myself and solid Good introduction book to the concepts of calculus.

It is difficult rating a text kade. 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. Sep 20, Ruchita rated it really liked it Shelves: Overall, it serves my intended purpose of refreshing myself and solidifying the concepts I learnt in high school, which I learnt by rote-learning then. Want to Read saving…. 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.

I have been doing some reading that requires brushing up on my integration. I learned calc in high school and hated it. If you want to learn calc, eawy need a caculus, this book is indispensable. Nice book, often funny, and the sivlanus are explained very clearly.

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 modern non-standard analysis and smooth infinitesimal analysis.

Mar 01, Ken Van Allen rated it really liked it. The sections by Mr Gardner are good but not as lucid as those of the original. Cxlculus book goes into some depth and talks about chain rule, product rule and the quotient rule in Differential Calculus. He can’t decide what level of reader he’s teaching.


Calculus Made Easy

Success in the beginning instead of failure goes a long way toward further study. The book is a fun, cheap, and somewhat dated way to get into calculus. This isn’t all the other calculus books out there. It’s been pointed out by others that Martin Gardner’s changes for the edition are of dubious value, and I agree. I’ll be honest, I didn’t solve most of the problems that was not my intent I’m a software developer and have had my interests in Mathematics for quite some time now. Calculus made easy is one of the best science and math books that I have read to date.

Jan 12, Ellen Kock rated it it was amazing. The downside to the free book is missing out on Martin Gardner’s commentary and notes. 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. 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.

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