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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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. I’m a software developer and have had my interests in Mathematics for quite some time now. Distills calculus down to its essence in a beautiful way. The author doesn’t seem to have a consistent audience in mind. 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.

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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. Sep 28, Roger rated it it was amazing. Thompson is one of the individuals represented on the Engineers Walk in Bristol, England. Lists with This Book. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson

This cuts to the bone and is well written. I know I didn’t. I do know that I will buy this book for all my children when they are taking Calculus. Rogawski, Ray Cannon Calculus: Makes me remember why I loved studying calculus.


Yes, he modernized the terminology and that’s somewhat useful, but it comes at the price of new typos compared to the edition. About Silvanus Phillips Thompson. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It’s fun when someone loves the subject so much. 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.

The sections by Mr Gardner are good but not as lucid as those of the original. It is difficult rating a text book. Calculus Made Easy ignores the use of limits with its epsilon-delta definitionreplacing it with a method of approximating to arbitrary precision directly to the correct answer in the infinitesimal spirit of Leibniznow formally justified in modern non-standard analysis and smooth infinitesimal analysis.

May 14, Logan Kennedy si,vanus it it was amazing.

Aug 09, Jason Rubenstein rated it it was amazing. If you want to learn calculus read this book first. Mad props for being the first calculus text I didn’t hate, and actually being fun. Heck, Thompson wrote while mainstream analysis was still being worked out. He lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina. 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.

Return to Book Page. 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.

Aug 30, Arnaud Wolff rated it really liked it. How making that jump from learning trigonometry and algebra to learning calculus is a profound experience.


Jun 27, Chai Zheng Xin rated it liked it. If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. Silvanus Thompson did an amazing job with explaining a possibly complicated subject with great detail and made each point crystal clear.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I really got a feel for how important it was for Thompson to thompskn the intimidation from calculus. It’s certainly light on rigor, but for an introductory primer,that’s not such a terrible thing.

Another point that is important to xilvanus 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. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Calculus Made Easy.

Martin Gardner has updated and revised the latest edition. Published October 15th by St. Learned it again in college and hated it. In fact, this is a very old book early 20th century and it’s surprising how accessible it is I would say, more than today’s books. This article about a mathematical publication is a stub. It is what comes after a few introductory chapters by Gardner that really made me smile: These changes will probably have made it more desirable to the modern audience.