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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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The author does indeed eassy the subject in a way that is easy to understand, and in a style that is entertaining. 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.

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

But all in all was a helpful book. Its available for free with Project Gutenberg. If you want to learn calculus read this book first.

Calculus Made Easy

The author acknowledges that the language of calculus is obtuse and pokes some fun at the mathematicians that came up with. Success in the beginning instead of failure goes a long way toward further study.

This book was written for school kids back in and contains very simple explanations with a little bit of dry humor thrown in. Though it was written init is amazingly understandable.

My judgement of the cover notwithstanding, Thompson does manage to demystify an intimidating topic. If you have any interest in math or are going to be forced into taking Calculus Calculus Made Easy will make the topic enjoyable or at least understandable. 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 Not only that, Martin Gardener wrote an amazing preface and reviewed the entire book.


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. It turned out to not be at all what I’m looking for yet I am rating it 5 stars! Of all the math books I’ve read, this one is by far the most exciting.

It also helps with the countless examples that he gives and works out to show you how each problem is done. About Silvanus Phillips Thompson.

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To ask other readers questions about Calculus Made Easy thompsno, please sign up. Trivia About Calculus Made Easy. Revision of a classic primer made more accessible by one of the twentieth century’s greatest mathematicians and thinkers.

About this particular edition, print quality is thhompson. Changing the size of the type does not increase the size of any mathematical notation.

Lists with This Book. I’m a software developer and have had my interests in Mathematics for quite some time now.

Good introduction book to the concepts of calculus. Wikiquote has quotations related to: Aug 28, Donald rated it it was amazing. Si,vanus a new introduction, three new chapters, modernized language and methods throughout, and an appendix of challenging and enjoyable practice problems, Calculus Made Easy has been Calculus Made Easy has long been the most popular calculus primer, and this major revision of the classic math text makes the subject at hand still more comprehensible to readers of all levels.

Heck, Thompson wrote while mainstream analysis was still being worked out. Published October 15th by St. It would’ve made it the book better if it had a chapter on Limits as well. In the first major revision of the text sinceMartin Gardner – the ‘Mathematical Games’ I definitely plan to use it with my children when they are older.

But for someone that wants to be cleared from the misconceptions that we can have regarding calculus, this book is thompsom. I’ll be honest, I didn’t solve most of thompspn problems that was not my intent Madde a software developer and have had my interests in Mathematics for quite some time now. But no, this little gem had seen by then three dozen reprintings starting in Nov 15, Oleksandr Bilyk rated it it was amazing.


The downside to the free book is missing out on Martin Gardner’s commentary and notes. Oct 21, Kevin Yee rated it it was amazing. If Thompson calcupus wanted to bother with limits and epsilon-delta stuff he would have, so why drag that into the book?

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

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. No trivia or quizzes yet. If you are looking for a refresher to high school level calculus thmopson a introductory read, this is the book for you.

Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson

He has transformed this classic primer into a modern masterpiece that explains the timeless concepts of calculus in a contemporary and user-friendly voice. Feb 01, Maxwell Pollack rated it really liked it. This book definitely makes calculus easy, by thompsoon it with simple enough concepts that are then backed up by the mathematics needed to understand them.

D You can download a PDF of the edition at djm. The author provides some examples practicing which gets the concepts ingrained in the readers’ mind. How refreshing to see that calculus can be taught in something pages instead of the modern bricks.

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