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. Calculus Made Easy has been a classic introduction to the subject ever since it was first published by Silvanus on in In the first major revision of . Isaac said: It’s still not that easy, but – as Martin Gardner explains in the Before there was the beloved Martin Gardner, there was Sylvanus P Thompson.

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Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus Phillips Thompson

These changes will probably have made it more desirable to the modern audience. My nook Simple makes for very ans reading of the equations without a magnifying glass. 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. Return to Book Page. Thompson is one of the individuals represented on the Engineers Walk in Bristol, England. It is what comes after a few introductory chapters by Gardner that really made me smile: Very British and sensible, and a much better approach to teaching mathematics to children or, in my case, 28 year olds.

Thompson’s little book is the best that I’ve seen, yet. This book is definitely worth the read. Lists with This Book.


Riding the Rails with Paul Theroux. Want to Read saving…. If you want to learn calculus read this book first. If you are looking for a refresher to high school level calculus or a introductory read, this is the book for you.

You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. 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.

Martin’s Press which provides an introduction; three preliminary chapters explaining functionslimitsand derivatives ; an appendix of recreational calculus problems; silvqnus notes for modern readers.

ThompsonMartin Gardner No preview available – Jun 15, Charlie rated it it was ok. Hartwig Kuhlenbeck Snippet view – What one fool can do, another can. The book has real simple language o.thompson of course since this a book about an advanced concept, the reader is expected to have some background in Mathematics.

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Calculus Made Easy

The sections by Mr Gardner are good but not as lucid as those of the original. How to write a great review.


I do know that I will buy this book for all my children when they are taking Calculus. So start here mzrtin you’re new-ish to calculus. He was known for his work as an electrical engineer and as an author. 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.

The book is out of copyright and available calcu,us project Gutenberg.

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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. Nov 15, Oleksandr Bilyk rated it it was amazing. The choices for silvnaus examples and exercises were sometimes more complex than they needed to be, bringing in complexities unrelated to what was being taught.