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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It’s been pointed out by p.thopson that Martin Gardner’s changes for the edition are of dubious value, and I agree. He also messed a bit too much with the examples in the text, leaving out some and complicating without any hints as to why others.

Retrieved from ” https: The idea of calculus is so simple, and Mr. If you have any interest in math or are going to be forced into taking Calculus Calculus Msde Easy will make the topic enjoyable or at least understandable.

It is difficult rating a text book. Feb 13, Ethan Hulbert rated it it was amazing Shelves: One thing I enjoyed about working my way through this book was that the exercises given at the end of the chapters was exceedingly difficult.

Makes me remember why I loved studying calculus. Sep 20, Ruchita rated it really liked it Shelves: A must have for high school students and parents or teachers who wish to teach children calculus.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I reread the text a few times and worked out most of the problems p.fhompson feel I now understand calculus well enough to appreciate its significance and genius. 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.


If you ever wondered what calculus was about find a copy of this book and calculks the first 4 – 5 chapters, they’re short. 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. Trivia About Calculus Made Easy. 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.

Calculus made easy is one of the best science and math books that I have read to date. 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 p.thompskn curriculum.

Aug 28, Donald rated it it was amazing. Feb 01, Pt.hompson Pollack rated it really liked it. The author provides some examples practicing which gets the concepts ingrained in the readers’ mind. Calculus Made Easy ignores the use bj 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.

Calculus Made Easy demystifies the concepts and clearly explains the symbols and language of differentiation and integration. If Thompson had wanted to bother silvanhs limits and epsilon-delta stuff he would have, so why drag that into the book?

Calculus Made Easy

It also helps with the countless examples that he gives and works out to show you how each problem is done. I really got a feel for how important it was for Thompson to remove the intimidation from calculus. 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.


The choices for initial examples and exercises were sometimes more complex than they needed to be, bringing in cxlculus unrelated to what was being taught. But the book explains lot of things in simple and elegant way.

Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson

Aug 30, Arnaud Wolff rated it really liked it. Books by Silvanus Phillips Thompson.

What one fool can do, another can. A warning to purchasers of this book as an e-pub. Gardner covers some of the issues that have been addressed in the teaching of higher math, and he makes no mafe about the need to encourage rather than discourage those who can most benefit from having a practical knowledge of this powerful mathematical tool.

As I expected, it brought back memories of learning calculus at school although I don’t p.thomlson the subject being so clearly explained as in this book. I’m happy to have this legendary book as my first Math book read from cover to cover.