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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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.

Heck, Thompson wrote while mainstream analysis was still being worked out. Thompson is a cool dude. My nook Simple makes for very difficult reading of the equations without a magnifying glass.

Readers will surely realise this book and that in many respects the calculus is an art rather than science.

Yes, he modernized the terminology and that’s somewhat useful, but it comes at the price of new typos compared to the edition. I guess it’s understandable that Gardner wanted to do more than just change the wording tompson that his name is all over the cover, but he has not improved the book as far as I am concerned.

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. 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.

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. This cuts to the bone and is well written. Calcuuls worked my way through another calculus text because of it and am able to tnompson discussions about aspects of calculus in other math books as well.


Feb 25, Dan Perik rated it really liked it. Gathering for Gardner Martin Gardner bibliography. The invective against obscurantism in mathematics is also spot on. If you ever wondered what calculus was about find a copy of this book and read the first 4 – 5 chapters, they’re short. The idea of calculus is so simple, and Mr.

Integration is one of those skills that goes to rust quickly if you don’t use it. Best math book I’ve ever read. Wish I had this book when I was a high school student.

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Calculus Made Easy

Aug 30, Arnaud Wolff rated it really liked it. Thompsson has quotations related to: Jun 13, Patrick rated it really liked it. Jan 12, Ellen Kock rated it it was amazing.

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. List of Martin Gardner Mathematical Games columns.

You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. The sections by Mr Gardner are good but not as lucid as those of the original. Jan 23, Dipesh rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Silvanus P ThompsonMartin Gardner. Thanks for telling us about the problem. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote.

Calculus Made Easy

The author does indeed present the cqlculus in a way that is easy to understand, and in a style that is entertaining. It’s certainly not “rigorous” by a long shot, but it does what it sets out to do: This article about a mathematical publication is a stub.

Sep 28, Roger rated it it was amazing. It then follows the standard pattern of teaching differentiation first, building up the formulas, until it then applies the knowledge silvanud integration and the different methods for it.


I’ll be honest, I didn’t solve most of the problems that was not my intention of reading the book either. Mar 07, Jacqueline rated it it was amazing.

As I expected, it brought back memories of learning calculus at school although I don’t recall the subject being so clearly explained as in this book. I reread the text a few times and worked out most of the problems and feel I now understand calculus well enough to appreciate its significance and genius. The preface helps Calculus made easy is one of the best science and math books that I have read to date.

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. There are so many things I wish had been done to illuminate the subject more thoroughly, but perhaps one day I’ll have to write it myself. It can be freely accessed on Project Gutenberg. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It’s been pointed out by others that Martin Gardner’s changes for the edition are of dubious value, and I agree.

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. Refresh and try again. Learned it again in college and hated 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.

I myself learned calculus in much the same way as it is presented in this book, only a century later.