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# Calculus Made Easy

*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,

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ebook, 336 pages

Published
March 18th 2014
by St. Martin's Press
(first published 1910)

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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 ...more

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. They may have known their subject, but this math whiz (straight "A's" in high school through Advanced Algebra & Trig) found those other authors' abilities to communicate far less ...more

Sep 20, 2011
Ruchita
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This isn't all the other calculus books out there. 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). The writer is witty and sympathetic at all times (the first chapter is called 'To Deliver You From Preliminary Terrors').

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. The book is not completely self-contained however, you'll need a little background in trigonometry and algebra (exponents, binomial theorem, long/polynomial ...more

Aug 07, 2011
Jonathan Peto
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it was amazing
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I reread the text a few times and worked out most of the problems and feel I now understand calculus well enough to appreciate its significance and genius. I've worked my way through another calculus text because of it and am able to understand discussions about aspects of calculus in other math books as well.

Wish I had this book when I was a high school student. I definitely plan to use it with my children when they are older.

Wish I had this book when I was a high school student. I definitely plan to use it with my children when they are older.

**The Hitchhikers Guide...**may have had

*DON'T PANIC*in large friendly letters, but the whole title of this book is a friendly invitation to proceed into the wonderful world of the Calculus. It is what comes after a few introductory chapters by Gardner that really made me smile:

"What one fool can do, another can. --

*Ancient Simian proverb*"

This is not a rigorous and elegant text on the theory and practice, it is a down and ...more

Basically it has a very similar scope but with a few extra chapters.

The difference between this book and "normal" modern textbooks is that normal textbooks don't explain how and why things work, to make the subject look more impressive like a magician who doesn't explain his tricks, thus make the writers seem cleverer. (same with teachers) This book however fully explains why the ideas make sense, to give you the best chance of understanding them. On the fa ...more

Got a copy of Calculus Made Easy. It turned out to not be at all what I'm looking for yet I am rating it 5 stars!

**If you want to learn calculus read this book first.**

**If you ever wondered what calculus was about find a co**...more

The book has real simple language and of course since this a book about an advanced concept, the reader is expected to have some background in Mathematics.

The author provides some examples practicing which gets the concepts ingrained in the readers' mind. I'll be honest, I didn't solve most of the problems (that was not my intent ...more

Thompson's thesis is simple: "Any dolt can do this, so get to it, dolt."

This new edition uses a much easier-to-read typeface and less Anglocentric language/measures.

It also introduces some other stuff at the end that wasn't in the first edition.

In the same way every culinary student should have a copy of Barrons Food Lovers Companion, every math student should have a copy of this book with them in their bag.

And a Mars Staedtler Plastic.

By the way, reading this without solving the provided exercises will reduce the book's utility to a minimum. If you plan to read this without a pen and paper by your side, don't bother.

Jan 25, 2014
Dipesh
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it was amazing
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Readers will surely realise this book and that in many respects the calculus is an art rather than science. an art only to be acquired , as all other arts are, by practice. :D

You can download a PDF of the 1914 edition at djm.cc/library/Calculus_Made_Easy_Tho... and you may in fact want to do that.

You can download a PDF of the 1914 edition at djm.cc/library/Calculus_Made_Easy_Tho... and you may in fact want to do that.

Mar 04, 2007
Farrokh
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teachers and student of calculus

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Calculus made easy is an especial calculus book. It has really good example and really good explaining. It illustrates calculus by its visual example and some little jokes in them. I suggest this book to who likes calculus and want to learn it out of the boring difficult explanations.

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Silvanus Phillips Thompson FRS was a professor of physics at the City and Guilds Technical College in Finsbury, England. He was known for his work as an electrical engineer and as an author.

Thompson is one of the individuals represented on the Engineers Walk in Bristol, England.

Thompson was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1891 and was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Scien ...more

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Thompson is one of the individuals represented on the Engineers Walk in Bristol, England.

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