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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Aug 03, Arron rated it really liked it Shelves: Thompson is one of the individuals represented on the Engineers Walk in Bristol, England. My judgement of calchlus cover notwithstanding, Thompson does manage to demystify an intimidating topic.

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 p.thpmpson for it. Feb 01, Maxwell Pollack rated it really liked it. Aug 30, Arnaud Wolff rated it really liked it. My nook Simple makes for very difficult reading of the equations without a magnifying glass. Calculus is first introduced with integrals, to first teach infinitesimals and why they are interesting.

Feb 25, Dan Perik rated silvnus really liked it. This book got me through calculus after I slept through the first 5 weeks and realized I didn’t know what was going on anymore. Heck, Thompson wrote while mainstream analysis was still being worked out.

Very British and sensible, and a much better approach to teaching mathematics to children or, in my case, 28 year olds. Please stay away from this edition. Gardner covers some of the issues that have been addressed in the teaching of higher math, and he makes no bones about the need to encourage rather than discourage those who can most benefit from having a practical knowledge of this powerful mathematical tool.

The simplicity that they had mangled has all been straightened out under the compassionate and clear pen of Sylvanus P. Views Read Edit View history. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


It turned out to not be at all what I’m looking for yet I am rating it 5 stars!

Distills p.thhompson down to its essence in a beautiful way. 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. I myself learned calculus in much the same way as it is This book definitely makes calculus easy, by presenting it with simple enough concepts that are then backed up by the mathematics needed to understand them.

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A must have for high school students and parents or teachers silvajus wish to teach children calculus. This is ONLY because the original is so good. These changes will probably have made it more desirable to the modern audience.

About Silvanus Phillips Thompson. 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.

Jun 15, Charlie rated it it was ok. Return to Book Page. Retrieved from ” https: The style is conversational, even breezy.

When I first found this book in the mid’s, I thought at first that it was one of those “made easy” trend books I had been seeing so much of. How making that jump from learning trigonometry and algebra to learning calculus is a profound experience. But the book explains lot of things in simple and elegant way. 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.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Calculus Made Easy. But no, this little gem had seen by then three dozen reprintings starting in I myself learned calculus in much the same way as it is presented in this book, only a century later.


For some reason, the nook is incapable of forming the Greek epsilon.

The writer is witty and sympathetic at all times the first chapter is called ‘To Deliver You From Preliminary Terrors’. Nice book, often funny, and the concepts are explained very clearly. It is difficult rating a p.thompdon book.

Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson

He lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina. This cuts to the bone and is well written. Overall, it serves my intended purpose of refreshing myself and solid Good introduction book to the concepts of calculus. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.

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If Thompson had wanted to bother with limits and epsilon-delta stuff he would have, so why drag that into the book? There are so many things I wish maee been done to illuminate the subject more thoroughly, but perhaps one day I’ll have to write it myself.

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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. Of course, as the title presumes, this is a very short introduction to the basics of calculus differentiating and integratingand the book clearly has its limits.