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Calculus: Early Transcendentals Hardcover – December 24, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0534393212 ISBN-10: 0534393217 Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1320 pages
  • Publisher: Brooks Cole; 5 edition (December 24, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534393217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534393212
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.7 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (288 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Stewart received his M.S. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He did research at the University of London and was influenced by the famous mathematician George Polya at Stanford University. Stewart is currently Professor of Mathematics at McMaster University, and his research field is harmonic analysis. Stewart is the author of a best-selling calculus textbook series published by Cengage Learning--Brooks/Cole, including CALCULUS, CALCULUS: EARLY TRANSCENDENTALS, and CALCULUS: CONCEPTS AND CONTEXTS, as well as a series of precalculus texts.

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James Stewart received the M.S. degree from Stanford University and the Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. After two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of London, he became Professor of Mathematics at McMaster University. His research has been in harmonic analysis and functional analysis. Stewart's books include a series of high school textbooks as well as a best-selling series of calculus textbooks. He is also co-author, with Lothar Redlin and Saleem Watson, of a series of college algebra and precalculus textbooks. Translations of his books include those in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Korean, Chinese, Greek, and Indonesian.

A talented violinst, Stewart was concertmaster of the McMaster Symphony Orchestra for many years and played professionally in the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Having explored connections between music and mathematics, Stewart has given more than 20 talks worldwide on Mathematics and Music and is planning to write a book that attempts to explain why mathematicians tend to be musical.

Stewart was named a Fellow of the Fields Institute in 2002 and was awarded an honorary D.Sc. in 2003 by McMaster University. The library of the Fields Institute is named after him. The James Stewart Mathematics Centre was opened in October, 2003, at McMaster University.


Customer Reviews

This item was advertised to include the WebAssign access card as well as the book.
Jessica Ellis
If you are looking for a book that will help you understand the already difficult subject matter better, look elsewhere, preferably to Rogawski.
I. Jancan
More thorough explanations of technique rather than pure examples would be very helpful.
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83 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Scott on April 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am a college Calculus instructor, and I find this book terrible for many reasons. For students looking for a solid but much more inviting introduction to Calculus, I highly recommend Larson's book over Stewart's.

Here is a point-by-point breakdown of the faults I find in Stewart's text:

Clarity of Explanation and Content Level

Stewart's explanations are often verbose, unclear, and written at a
level too high for the average Calculus student. Several of my students
have told me reading the book only confused them and did not
clarify the concepts. An introductory text should offer simpler, clearer, and more concise explanations more appropriate to the typical Calculus student.

Presentation

In this day and age, students expect visually engaging presentations that will hold their attention. Stewart's presentations are drab and uninteresting. His book is everywhere packed with dense plain text and
formulas, giving the impression that Calculus is hard, dull, and very
complex, further intimidating students who are already scared of the
subject. Students are much more likely to carefully read a text that is
visually appealing and makes Calculus seem interesting and less
intimidating. This will also help reduce their anxiety over what many
already consider a very difficult course.

Readability

Another important aspect of presentation is layout and readability. Here
Stewart's text is again dismal: His pages are overstuffed with text and
graphics throughout the book, making it difficult to reference a
theorem, particular type of example, etc. It is hard to see where one
example or proof ends and another begins.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ashraf Eassa on December 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I used this textbook in a Calculus 3 course, so my primary experience is with chapters 12-16, but I did find myself referencing chapters 3, 4, 7, and 10 extensively to refresh my memory (and to learn some things I hadn't learned in high school BC Calculus).

The exposition is, for lack of a better word, "meh". It relies mostly on giving a few definitions, working through a few simple examples, then throwing hordes of problems at the reader. Now, this is perfectly fine for a lower division mathematics textbook -- such a process builds mathematical maturity (at least for me it did), but I would've liked the text, if anything, to rely *less* on showing by example and more on providing mathematical motivation for the given topics (the "big picture" of what we're trying to do, so to speak, rather than a few examples of technical details). The text's quality in this regard also has a fairly steep downward slope as the book progresses -- the text was readable and informative for, perhaps, the first 11 chapters, but from chapters 12-16 it's just really hard to learn from it on your own (and believe me, when you miss class, you have to do that).

Now, to the good part of the book (and the reason why the book gets a good 4 star rating rather than a 2 star one): problems! This book is filled to the brim with tons of exercises that range from routine to fairly difficult (and a special "problems plus" section, outside of the main exercise sets, that range from difficult to nightmarishly difficult). DO YOUR HOMEWORK! Seriously, if you are taking a course with this book, then you owe it to yourself to do the problems that are assigned at the *very least*. They are, for the most part, interesting and will help you build your mathematical ability and, more importantly, understand the material.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Let's Compare Options Preptorial TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is one of the best calculus textbooks ever written, with the most intuitive examples and illustration of any text out there. It is #2 in all the courses we survey, and in the top 3 of Library purchases for books with 1,200 pages or more. That said:

1. Make SURE you get the 7th edition, it is heavily revised.

2. Many of the reviews trash talking this book (it IS a five star text!) are due to purchasers not knowing what "hybrid" means. THE PAPERBACK VERSION OF THIS BOOK IS DIFFERENT! A "hybrid" is a class that combines online with brick and mortar class attendance, and some publishers are now creating "hybrid" texts with some material integrated with the online LMS (learning management system of the school or teacher) and the text. NEVER BUY a HYBRID TEXT if you are not taking a class!

3. Some folks saw the price of this book, then bought the "paperback" at far less, from a third party on Amazon. THIS IS A BIG MISTAKE! If you get a hybrid book, and the third party is honest and says you don't get access codes, you'll be missing half the book in this case! Worse, if the book says "hybrid" you MUST get a second access code from the teacher who is giving the class-- DO NOT BUY a hybrid for self study!!

Sadly, the circus around this text is limiting the great value of the HARD COVER, COMPLETE text for self study. It is one of the best there is in gentle examples of derivative applications, even in multivariate and ODE forms. It's target is those who didn't do particularly well in HS calc, or never had any including limits, or are rusty, so please evaluate it on its own merits, not the mistaken hybrid reviews.

BTW Amazon is NOT ripping anyone off with this-- you just need to understand that hybrid MEANS incomplete!
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