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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If you are looking for a refresher to high school level calculus or a introductory read, this is the book for you. 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.

Someone trying to learn calculus for the first time could do far worse than using this work as their primer. Aug 09, Jason Rubenstein rated it it was amazing. 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.

Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus Phillips Thompson

The idea of calculuus is much more intuitive to me than limits as well. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I learned calc in high school and hated it.

If Thompson had wanted to bother with limits and epsilon-delta stuff he would have, so why drag that into the book? About Silvanus Phillips Thompson. Pages to import images to Wikidata Commons category link from Wikidata All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from P.tnompson Articles with capculus dead external links Articles with Project Gutenberg links All stub articles.

I’ve worked my way through another calculus text because of it and am able to understand discussions about aspects of calculus in other math books as well. Good introduction book to the concepts of calculus. The book has real simple language and of course since this a book about an advanced concept, the reader is expected to have some background in Mathematics.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I would read in one until I couldn’t go any farther, bh I would read in the other up to the same subject point. What one fool can do, another can. These changes will probably have made it more desirable to the modern audience. I myself learned calculus in much the same way as it is presented in this book, only a century later. Aug 07, Jonathan Peto rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is what comes after a few introductory chapters by Gardner that really made me smile: This book fixed that and was a p.thopmson of fun to read.

Martin’s Press silvanjs provides an introduction; three preliminary chapters explaining functionsslivanusand derivatives ; an appendix of recreational calculus problems; and notes for modern readers. No trivia or quizzes yet. Aug 03, Arron rated it really liked it Shelves: Dec 21, Peter is currently reading it Shelves: Distills calculus down to its essence in a beautiful way. This book got me through calculuz after I slept through the first 5 weeks and realized I didn’t know what was going on anymore.

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He was known for his work as calculux electrical engineer and as an author. Calculus Made Easy demystifies the concepts and clearly explains the symbols and language of differentiation and integration. Changing the size of the type does not increase the size of any mathematical notation. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Calculus Made Easy

My judgement of the cover notwithstanding, Thompson does manage to demystify an intimidating topic. The author acknowledges that the language of calculus is obtuse and pokes some fun at the mathematicians that came up with.


Thompson is a cool dude. Hence I picked up this book. Martin’s Press first published There are plenty of more modern and more rigorous books on calculus available for free online, but I have never seen one maed this approachable and charming, truth be told.

These points also help you know how the definitions or the problems. Feb 01, Isaac rated it it was amazing. List of Martin Gardner Mathematical Games columns. Jun 13, Patrick rated it really liked it.

Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson

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. Good, this is making a comeback. It also helps with the countless examples that he gives and works out to show you how aesy problem is done.

Nevertheless the edition I read, which incidentally I downloaded bby 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. Views Read Edit View history. It can be freely accessed on Project Gutenberg.

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