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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The style is conversational, even breezy. It’s certainly light on rigor, but for an introductory primer,that’s not such a terrible thing. Learned it again in college and hated it. But the book explains lot of things in simple and elegant way. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. So highly recommended to a bright high-schooler or baffled undergrad, ideally to be followed by A Primer of Infinitesimal Analysisif you can convince people that you don’t need the standard analysis curriculum.

Aug 26, Allyn rated it it was amazing. Feb 25, Dan Perik rated it really liked it. However, if you want an exhaustive reference book or silvanu 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.

If you ever wondered what calculus was about find a co I have been doing some reading that requires brushing up on my integration. He was known for his work as an electrical thompeon and as an author. To ask other readers questions about Calculus Made Easyplease sign up.

Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson

Sep 20, Ruchita rated it really liked it Htompson The idea of calculus is so simple, and Mr. But my knowledge about Calculus was very limited.


The simplicity that they had mangled has silvansu been straightened out under the compassionate and clear pen of Sylvanus P. I have been doing some reading that requires brushing up on my integration. Also they had put a copyright notice. Calculus made easy was a fun, easy, and elegant transition from simple algebra into the world of calculus.

So start here if you’re new-ish to calculus. Thompson is one of the individuals represented on the Engineers Walk in Bristol, England. The preface helps Calculus made easy is one of the best science and math books that I have read to date. thompsson

Calculus Made Easy

This cuts to the bone and is well written. May 14, Logan Kennedy rated it it was amazing. If you have any interest in math or are going to be forced into taking Calculus Calculus Made Easy will make the topic enjoyable or at least understandable. I really got a feel for how important it was for Thompson to remove the intimidation from calculus. I was attracted to this book by its title, which struck me as unusual forwhen my edition was published, and its contents didn’t disappoint.

Silvanus Thompson did an amazing job with explaining a possibly complicated subject with great detail and made each point crystal clear. List of Martin Gardner Mathematical Games columns. Success in the beginning instead of failure goes a long way toward further study. Want to Read saving…. 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.

Nice book, often funny, and the concepts are explained very clearly.

Trivia About Calculus Made Easy. To be fair to Thompson, though, the simplicity thompso in part from using infinitesimals rather than limits, and the logical basis for infinitesimals wouldn’t achieve rigor until non-standard analysis circaor smooth infinitesimal analysis circa There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

The writer is witty and sympathetic at all times the first chapter is called ‘To Deliver You From Preliminary Terrors’. It’s been pointed out by others that Martin Gardner’s changes for the edition are of dubious value, and I agree.


This isn’t all the other calculus books out there. 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. How making that jump from learning trigonometry and algebra to learning calculus is a profound experience.

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. Jun 13, Patrick rated it really liked it.

Calculus Made Easy

It then follows the standard pattern of teaching differentiation first, building up the formulas, until it then applies the knowledge to integration and the different methods for it. It’s certainly not “rigorous” by a long shot, but it does what it sets out to do: Jun 08, Wm Pope rated it it was amazing. The invective against obscurantism in mathematics is also spot on. About Silvanus Phillips Thompson. No trivia or quizzes yet. He lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

But for someone that wants to be cleared from the misconceptions that we can have regarding calculus, this book is useful. Aug 30, Arnaud Wolff rated it really liked it. The book is out of copyright and available in project Gutenberg.

The book goes into some depth and talks about chain rule, product rule and the quotient rule in Differential Calculus.