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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Calculus Made Easy

If Thompson had wanted to bother with limits and epsilon-delta stuff he would have, so why drag that into the book? He can’t decide what level of reader he’s teaching. To be fair to Thompson, though, 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 Lists with This Book.

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 then follows the standard pattern of teaching differentiation first, building up the formulas, until it then applies the knowledge to integration and the different methods for it. No wonder many people still look at math students as possessing a form of ‘genius’ that is both threatening and alienating at the same time.

The book is a fun, cheap, and somewhat dated way to get into calculus.

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Nov 15, Oleksandr Bilyk rated it it was amazing. 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. It turned out to not be at all what I’m looking for yet I am rating it 5 stars! A must have for high school students and parents or teachers who wish to teach children calculus.


Jun 27, Chai Zheng Xin rated it liked it. If you are looking for a refresher to high school level calculus or a introductory read, this is the book for you. I strongly recommend it.

The original book can be obtained free from gutenberg. 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

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. Jan 23, Dipesh rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: 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. Nice book, often funny, and the concepts are explained very clearly. It is what comes after a few introductory chapters by Gardner that really made me smile: Good, this is making a comeback.

Someone trying to learn calculus for the first time could do far worse than using this work as their primer.

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. Of course, as the title presumes, this is a very short introduction to the basics of calculus differentiating and integratingand the book clearly has its limits. This book is definitely worth the read. Rogawski, Ray Cannon Calculus: 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.


My judgement of the cover notwithstanding, Thompson does manage to demystify an intimidating topic.

Oct 15, Arun Mahendrakar rated it really liked it. Thompson’s little book is the best that I’ve seen, yet. I learned calc in high school and hated it.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Silvanus Thompson did an amazing job with explaining a possibly complicated subject with great detail and made each point crystal clear. It’s certainly not “rigorous” by a long shot, but it does what it sets out to do: Martin’s Press first published silvajus Mad props for being the silvannus calculus text I didn’t hate, and actually being fun.

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D You can download a PDF of the edition at djm. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Its available for free with Project Gutenberg. Another point that is important to note is that they don’t just demonstrate how the problems are done, Thompson and Gardener also prove how the math is true and how it can be used in science and in the real world. This article about a mathematical publication is a stub. But no, this little gem had seen by then three dozen reprintings starting in 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.