Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Thompson, Silvanus Phillips , Calculus made easy: being a very-simplest introduction to those. Calculus Made Easy is a book on calculus originally published in by Silvanus P. Thompson, considered a classic and elegant introduction to the subject. Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only.

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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. This preface helps you understand more of the world of calculus.

Calculus made easy is one of the best science and math books that I have read to date. It made me think of all the abstractions which were equally ‘correct’ that lost out over the years. Silvanus Thompson did an amazing job with explaining a possibly complicated easyy with great detail and made each point crystal clear.

There are no discussion topics thoompson this book yet. Best math book I’ve ever read. This book served as a good reminder to what I had learned at school and reads in an enjoyable manner.

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. If you ever wondered what calculus was about find a copy of this book and read the first 4 – 5 chapters, they’re short.

Presented the concepts quite simply and readably. 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.

Calculus Made Easy

Aug 26, Allyn rated it it was amazing. Pages to import images to Wikidata Commons category link from Wikidata All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from November Articles with permanently dead external links Articles with Project Gutenberg links All stub articles.


I can’t say anything about his callculus new problems, but I would assume that they are a lot harder than anything else in the book. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Calculus Made Easy. It would’ve made it the book better if it had a chapter on Limits as well.

Of all the math books I’ve read, this one is by far the most exciting. Aug 28, Donald rated it it was amazing. Jun 15, Charlie rated it it was ok.

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The invective against obscurantism in mathematics is also spot on. But for someone that wants to be cleared silvanud the misconceptions that we can have regarding calculus, this book is useful.

About this particular edition, print quality is poor. 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. 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.

Please stay away from this edition. The original book can be obtained free from gutenberg. 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. The author acknowledges that the language of calculus is obtuse and pokes some fun at the mathematicians that came up with.

The simplicity that they had mangled has all been straightened out under the compassionate and clear pen of Sylvanus P. Got a copy of Calculus Made Easy. These changes will probably have made it more desirable to the modern audience. But let’s be honest: Also they had put a copyright notice. If you want to learn calculus read this book first. It can be freely accessed on Project Gutenberg. Someone trying to learn calculus for the first time could do far worse than using this work as their primer.


This book is definitely worth the read.

I learned calc in high school and hated it. No trivia or calcukus yet. Heck, Thompson wrote while mainstream analysis was still being worked out. Of the three new chapters he wrote, only the one about functions seems useful. Nevertheless the edition I read, which incidentally I downloaded for nothing from the Internet Archive because it’s out of copyright, was very readable and it’s antiquated style only served to enhance my enjoyment.

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. Mar 07, Jacqueline silvans it it was amazing.

A warning to purchasers of clculus book as an e-pub. For some reason, the nook is incapable of forming the Greek epsilon.

To be fair to Thompson, ,ade, 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 Jun 27, Chai Zheng Xin rated it liked it. Calculus Made Easy demystifies the concepts and clearly explains the symbols and language of differentiation and integration.

Good, this is making a comeback. I studied calculus at school, and used it occasionally at university, but I’ve not needed calculks since so this was a trip down memory lane.

I really got a feel for how important it was for Thompson to remove the intimidation from calculus. He was known for his work as an electrical engineer and as an author. Want to Read saving….