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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Calculus Made Easy

Want to Read saving…. Good, this is making a comeback. Changing the size of the type does not increase the size of any mathematical notation. If Thompson had wanted to bother with limits and epsilon-delta stuff he would have, so why drag that into the book?

Thanks for telling us about the problem. If you ever wondered what calculus was about find a co I have been doing some reading that requires brushing up on my valculus. The choices for initial examples and exercises were sometimes pp complex than they needed to be, bringing in complexities unrelated to what was being taught.

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.

These changes will probably have made it more desirable to the silvanud audience. If you want cakculus learn calc, or need a refresher, this book is indispensable. However, if you want an exhaustive reference book or a textbook suitable for college level engineering 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.

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 one of the individuals represented on the Engineers Walk in Bristol, England. To ask other readers questions about Calculus Made Easyplease sign up.

Presented the concepts quite simply and readably. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Aug 03, Arron rated it really liked it Shelves: The idea of infinitesimals is much more intuitive to me than limits as well.

I have skipped the exercises. If you ever wondered what calculus was about find a copy of this book and read the first 4 – 5 chapters, they’re short. The book is a fun, cheap, and somewhat dated way to get into calculus. It is difficult rating a text book. May 14, Logan Kennedy rated it it was amazing. Sep 20, Ruchita rated it really liked it Shelves: No trivia or quizzes yet. Hardcoverpages.

The idea of calculus is so simple, and Mr. The author doesn’t seem to have a consistent audience in mind. 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.

The book goes into some maee and talks about chain rule, product rule and the quotient rule in Differential Thompspn. Overall, it serves my intended purpose of refreshing myself and solid Good introduction book to the concepts of calculus.

Calculus Made Easy

Please enter the letters displayed. Best math book I’ve ever read. 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. A warning to purchasers of this book as an e-pub. Aug 09, Jason Rubenstein rated it it was amazing. Someone trying to learn calculus for the first time could do far worse than using this work as their primer. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Jun 13, Patrick rated it really liked it. Martin’s Press first published Calculus Made Easy has been a classic introduction to the subject ever since it was first published by Silvanus P.


Feb 25, Dan Perik rated it really liked it. I’m happy to have this legendary book as my first Math book read from cover to cover. 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.

Also they had put a copyright notice. He lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The sections by Mr Gardner are good but not as lucid as those of the original. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Calculus made easy was a fun, easy, and elegant transition from simple algebra into the world of calculus.

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 – Silvanus P Thompson|Martin Gardner – Macmillan International Higher Education

Silvanus Thompson did an amazing job with explaining a possibly complicated subject with great detail and made each point crystal clear. The invective against obscurantism in mathematics is also spot on.

It’s certainly light on rigor, but for an introductory primer,that’s not such a terrible thing.

Hence I picked up this book. My judgement of the cover notwithstanding, Thompson does manage to demystify an intimidating topic.

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