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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Heck, Thompson wrote while mainstream analysis was still being worked out. It’s been pointed out by others that Martin Gardner’s changes for the edition are of dubious value, and I agree. The style is conversational, even breezy. Silvanus P ThompsonMartin Gardner.

Feb 25, Dan Perik rated it really liked it. To ask other readers questions about Calculus Made Easyplease sign up.

The preface helps, but the reviews and side notes that Martin added are as if they look like they were part of the original book. It would’ve made it the book better if it had a chapter on Limits as well. This isn’t all the other calculus books out there. It can be freely accessed on Project Gutenberg.

Jun 08, Wm Pope rated it it was amazing. I do know that I will buy this book for all my children when they are taking Calculus. Feb 13, Ethan Hulbert rated it it was amazing Shelves: Not only that, Martin Gardener wrote an amazing preface and reviewed the entire book. Aug 26, Allyn rated it it was amazing.

This book got me through calculus after I slept through the first 5 weeks and realized I didn’t know what was going on anymore. You can download a PDF of the edition at http: A warning to purchasers of this book as an e-pub. 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.


Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson

Calculus Made Easy Author s: It’s a clear, simple but practical look at calculus and without it I probably would have became a liberal arts major. 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. About this particular edition, print quality is poor. I’m a software developer and have had my interests in Mathematics for quite some time now. I learned calc in high school and hated it.

The author acknowledges that the language of calculus is obtuse and pokes some fun at the mathematicians that came up with. 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.

In fact, this is a very old book early 20th century and it’s surprising how accessible it is I would say, dilvanus than today’s books. Goodreads helps you keep calculua of books you want to read. 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. If Thompson had wanted to bother with limits and epsilon-delta stuff he would have, so why drag that into the book?

Jun 27, Chai Zheng Xin rated it liked it. If you ever wondered what calculus was about find a co I have been silvabus some reading that requires brushing up on my integration. Aug 28, Donald rated it it was amazing. I have skipped the exercises. I studied calculus at school, and used it occasionally at university, but I’ve not needed it since so this was a trip down memory lane.

Gathering for Gardner Martin Gardner bibliography. This cuts to the bone and is well written. 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 These points also help you know how the definitions or the problems.


Please enter the letters displayed. Feb 01, Maxwell Pollack rated it really liked it. The book is a fun, cheap, and somewhat dated cqlculus to get into calculus.

Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson – Free Ebook

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.

I have been doing some reading that requires brushing up on my integration. The original text continues to be available as of from Macmillan and Co. If you want to learn calculus read this book first.

Calculus Made Easy

So start here if you’re new-ish to calculus. However, if you want an exhaustive reference book or a textbook suitable for college level mafe 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.

Someone trying to learn calculus for the first time could do far worse than using this work as their primer. This book fixed that and was a ton of fun to read. Aug 07, Jonathan Peto rated it it was amazing Shelves: But for someone that wants to be cleared from the misconceptions that we can have regarding calculus, this book is useful. Thompson is a cool dude.