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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Martin Gardner. 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.
With 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.
With 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 thoroughly updated for the modern reader. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages.
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More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Calculus Made Easy. Jan 25, Jen rated it really liked it. If you're someone who is struggling with Calculus, this book will help you.
If you're a strange person who likes to get high on Ayahuasca and tour landscapes of mathematical reasoning equipped only with your Klein Bottle canteen, you'll find a refreshing draught here. This book manages to balance the twin concerns of accessibility and thorough treatment fantastically.
It also manages to be witty. Yes, you read that correctly. A conceptual toolkit wrapped around a warm, viscous lump of gentle humanity. Doesn't that make you hungry? Eat this book! View all 20 comments. Feb 01, Isaac rated it it was amazing. 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.
I know I didn't. 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. This book was written for school kids back in 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.
This book was written for school kids back in and contains very simple explanations with a little bit of dry humor thrown in. Very British and sensible, and a much better approach to teaching mathematics to children or, in my case, 28 year olds.
Ah, Thompson. Mad props for being the first calculus text I didn't hate, and actually being fun. I really got a feel for how important it was for Thompson to remove the intimidation from calculus. The style is conversational, even breezy. What one fool can do, another can. The invective against obscurantism in mathematics is also spot on. But let's be honest: the coverage is extremely rudimentary, and since there's no analytical treatment, the path to generalization to more complex problems is far Ah, Thompson.
But let's be honest: the coverage is extremely rudimentary, and since there's no analytical treatment, the path to generalization to more complex problems is far from clear, so one star off. 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 circa , or smooth infinitesimal analysis circa Heck, Thompson wrote while mainstream analysis was still being worked out.
So highly recommended to a bright high-schooler or baffled undergrad, ideally to be followed by A Primer of Infinitesimal Analysis , if you can convince people that you don't need the standard analysis curriculum. View 1 comment. Dec 21, Peter is currently reading it Shelves: mathematics , tomato. The book is a fun, cheap, and somewhat dated way to get into calculus.
It's certainly not "rigorous" by a long shot, but it does what it sets out to do: show newbies how it's done instead of scaring them away with either lingo or mass. There are plenty of more modern and more rigorous books on calculus available for free online, but I have never seen one that's this approachable and charming, truth be told.
So start here if you're new-ish to calculus. It's been pointed out by others that Martin Gardner's changes for the edition are of dubious value, and I agree. Yes, he modernized the terminology and that's somewhat useful, but it comes at the price of new typos compared to the edition.
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. Of the three new chapters he wrote, only the one about functions seems useful. If Thompson had wanted to bother with limits and epsilon-delta stuff he would have, so why drag that into the book? 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.
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. Aug 15, Rod Jr. Of all the math books I've read, this one is by far the most exciting.
Thompson was both irreverent and witty in his development of the subject. Prior to this book, I had attempted to wade through a couple of college entry-level calculus textbooks, but found the style of both authors to be obtuse and obfuscating. 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. Then I would realize what both of them were trying to say.
The simplicity that they had mangled has all been straightened out under the compassionate and clear pen of Sylvanus 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.
But no, this little gem had seen by then three dozen reprintings starting in Talk about "classic! 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. The idea of calculus is so simple, and Mr. Thompson's little book is the best that I've seen, yet. Sep 28, Roger rated it it was amazing.
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 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. I was attracted to this book by its title, which struck me as unusual for , when my edition was published, and its contents didn't disappoint.
The author does indeed 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. The author does indeed present the subject in a way that is easy to understand, and in a style that is entertaining.
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. Someone trying to learn calculus for the first time could do far worse than using this work as their primer. I should emphasise that the edition I read was not the one updated by Martin Gardner, with its new introduction, three new chapters and modernised language.
These changes will probably have made it more desirable to the modern audience. 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
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Calculus Made Easy is a book on infinitesimal calculus originally published in by Silvanus P. Thompson , considered a classic and elegant introduction to the subject. The original text continues to be available as of from Macmillan and Co. Martin's Press which provides an introduction; three preliminary chapters explaining functions , limits , and derivatives ; an appendix of recreational calculus problems; and notes for modern readers. Gardner changes "fifth form boys" to the more American sounding and gender neutral "high school students," updates many now obsolescent mathematical notations or terms, and uses American decimal dollars and cents in currency examples. Calculus Made Easy ignores the use of limits with its epsilon-delta definition , replacing it with a method of approximating to arbitrary precision directly to the correct answer in the infinitesimal spirit of Leibniz , now formally justified in modern nonstandard analysis and smooth infinitesimal analysis. 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.