Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · 5 by Silvanus P. Thompson. Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson. No cover available. Calculus Made Easy is a book on calculus originally published in by Silvanus P. Thompson, considered a classic and elegant introduction to the subject. New York, N.Y. The original edition of Calculus Made Easy was written by Silvanus P. Thompson and published in , with subsequent editions in.

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Success in the beginning instead of failure goes a long way toward further study. You can eassy a PDF of the edition at http: Mar 01, Ken Van Allen rated it really liked it.

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. Thompson is a cool dude.

Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson

This preface helps you understand more of the world of calchlus. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. Sep 28, Roger rated it it was amazing. Jun 08, Wm Pope rated it it was amazing. The sections by Mr Gardner are good but not as lucid as those of the original. The book goes into some depth and talks about chain rule, product rule and the quotient rule in Differential Calculus.

Feb 01, Maxwell Pollack rated it really liked it. Silvanus Thompson did an amazing job with explaining a possibly complicated subject with great detail and made each point crystal clear.

Hence I picked up this book. This page was last edited on 16 Novemberat I definitely plan to use it with my children when they are older. 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. My judgement of the cover notwithstanding, Thompson does manage to demystify an intimidating topic.


Calculus Made Easy

Please enter the letters displayed. But my knowledge about Calculus was very limited.

Nice book, often funny, and the concepts are explained very clearly. Rogawski, Ray Cannon Calculus: 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.

Gardner changes “fifth form boys” to the more American sounding and gender neutral thompsno school students,” updates many now obsolescent mathematical notations or terms, and uses American decimal dollars and cents in currency examples.

I can’t say anything about his 20 new problems, but I would assume that they are a lot harder than anything else in the book.

Integration is one of those skills that goes to rust quickly if you don’t use it. 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. It’s certainly not “rigorous” by a long shot, but it does what it sets out to do: Turns out I just hated how it was taught to me.

Calculus Made Easy

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. I know I didn’t. Aug 03, Arron rated it really liked it Shelves: It also helps with the countless examples that he gives and works out to show you how each problem is done. Open Preview See a Problem?

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. Please stay away from this edition. If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. Learned it again in college and hated it. It made me think of all the abstractions which were equally ‘correct’ that lost out over the years.


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Its available for free with Project Gutenberg. May 14, Logan Kennedy rated it it was amazing. Jun 27, Chai Zheng Xin rated it liked it. Aug 07, Jonathan Peto rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

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. 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 It’s a clear, simple but practical look at calculus and without it I probably would have became a liberal arts major.

The author does thpmpson 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. 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.