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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He was known for his work as an electrical engineer and as an author. One thing I enjoyed about working my way through this book was that the maade given at the end of the chapters was exceedingly difficult.

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.

I can’t say anything about his 20 new problems, but I would assume that they are a lot harder than anything else in the book. Thompson is a cool dude.

This isn’t all the other calculus books out there. 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.


Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus Phillips Thompson

If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. Though it was written init is amazingly dilvanus. This preface helps you understand more of the world of calculus. It is difficult rating a text book. Aug 26, Allyn rated it it was amazing.

Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson

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.

Sep 28, Roger rated it it was amazing. I strongly recommend it. Not only that, Martin Gardener wrote an amazing preface and reviewed the entire book.

These changes will probably have made it more desirable to the modern audience. The choices for initial aclculus and exercises were sometimes more complex than they needed to be, bringing in complexities unrelated to what was being taught.

Hardcoverpages. I have been doing some reading that requires brushing up on my integration.

Calculus Made Easy

It is what comes after a few introductory chapters by Gardner that really made me smile: Dec 21, Peter is currently reading it Shelves: Jun 15, Charlie rated it it was ok. Rogawski, Ray Cannon Calculus: 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. He can’t decide what level of reader he’s teaching.

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. I’m a software developer and have had my interests in Mathematics for quite some time now.


Calculus made easy is one of the best science and math books that I have read to date. About Silvanus Phillips Thompson. He also messed a bit too much with the examples in the text, leaving out some and complicating without any hints as cqlculus why others.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Feb 01, Maxwell Pollack rated it really liked it. Easg 30, Arnaud Wolff rated it really liked it.

Heck, Thompson wrote while mainstream analysis was still being worked out. The author doesn’t seem to have a consistent audience in mind.

Of all the math books I’ve read, this one is by far slivanus most exciting. 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.

Calculus made easy was a fun, easy, and elegant transition from simple algebra into the world of calculus. But the book explains lot of things in simple and elegant way.