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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Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson
If you ever wondered what calculus was about find a copy of this book and read the first 4 – 5 chapters, they’re short. However, if you want an exhaustive reference book or a textbook suitable for college level engineering or mathematics, there are better books out there because this book lacks rigour and does not dive into deeper, more advanced topics and applications of calculus. Aug 15, Rod Jr. Jan 23, Dipesh rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Calculus Made Easy has been a classic introduction to the subject ever since it was first published by Silvanus P.
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. 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.
Aug 03, Arron rated it really liked it Shelves: This book fixed that and was a ton of fun to read. 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 easu having a practical knowledge of this powerful mathematical tool.
Silvvanus 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. 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 caclulus.
Calculus Made Easy
The idea of infinitesimals is much more intuitive to me than limits as well. The downside to the free book is missing out on Martin Gardner’s commentary and notes. It would’ve made it the book better if it had a chapter on Limits as well.
This page was last edited on 16 Novemberat He was known for his work as an electrical engineer and as an author. Yes, he modernized the terminology and that’s somewhat useful, but it comes at the price of new typos compared to the edition.
May 14, Logan Kennedy rated it it was amazing. I guess it’s understandable that Gardner wanted to do more than just change the wording given that his name is all over the cover, but he has not improved the book as far as I am concerned. Oct 21, Kevin Yee rated it it was amazing. Honestly, personally, i may solve only basic things from all chapters.
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. Overall, it serves my intended purpose of refreshing myself and solid Good introduction book to the concepts of calculus.
Also they had put a copyright notice.
Books by Silvanus Phillips Thompson. 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.
Mad props for being the first calculus text I didn’t hate, and actually being fun. 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. Retrieved from ” https: You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. 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.
How refreshing to see that calculus can be taught in something pages instead of the modern bricks. I’m happy to have this legendary book as my first Math book read from cover to cover.
I strongly recommend it. If you want to learn calc, or need a refresher, this book is indispensable. My nook Simple makes for very difficult reading of the equations without a magnifying glass. Thompson is a cool dude. The original text continues to be available as of from Macmillan and Co. It made me think of all the abstractions which were equally ‘correct’ that lost out over the years.
Distills calculus down to its essence in a beautiful way. 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. No trivia or quizzes yet. Jun 13, Patrick rated it really liked it.
Thompson’s little book is the best that I’ve seen, yet. The author doesn’t seem to have a consistent audience in mind.
Readers will surely realise this book and that in many respects the calculus is an art rather than science. I studied calculus at school, and used it occasionally at university, but I’ve not needed it since so calcukus was a trip down memory lane. It is what comes after a few introductory chapters by Gardner that really made me smile: 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.
My judgement of the cover notwithstanding, Thompson does manage to demystify an intimidating topic.
Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus Phillips Thompson
I was attracted to this book by its title, which struck me as unusual forwhen my edition was published, and its contents didn’t disappoint.
Martin’s Press solvanus provides an introduction; three preliminary chapters explaining functionslimitsand derivatives ; an appendix of recreational calculus problems; and notes for modern readers. Changing the size of the type does not increase the size of any mathematical notation.