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Calculus Hardcover – January 1, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0961408824 ISBN-10: 0961408820 Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 615 pages
  • Publisher: Wellesley College (January 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961408820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961408824
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Gilbert Strang's Calculus textbook is ideal both as a course companion and for self study. The author has a direct style. His book presents detailed and intensive explanations. Many diagrams and examples are used to aid understanding, as well as the application of calculus to physics and engineering and economics.

About the Author

Gilbert Strang is a Professor of Mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, of the University of Oxford, UK. His current research interests include linear algebra, wavelets and filter banks, applied mathematics, and engineering mathematics. He is the author or co-author of six textbooks and has published a monograph with George Fix titled “An Analysis of the Finite Element Method.” Professor Strang served as SIAM’s president from 1999-2000, chaired the US National Committee on Mathematics from 2003–2004, and won the Neumann Medal of the US Association of Computational Mechanics in 2005. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

More About the Author

Gilbert Strang is Professor of Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College. He was an undergraduate at MIT and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. His doctorate was from UCLA and since then he has taught at MIT. He has been a Sloan Fellow and a Fairchild Scholar and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Strang has published a monograph with George Fix, "An Analysis of the Finite Element Method", and has authored six widely used textbooks. He served as President of SIAM during 1999 and 2000 and he is Chair of the U.S. National Committee on Mathematics for 2003-2004.

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I am sure it will be a great help for anyone reads this.
Edison
Whether one is studying calculus for science, engineering or social sciences, this is probably one of the best books on the subject.
laser_mechanic
Things are presented very well and the tone is almost conversational.
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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Kersi Von Zerububbel VINE VOICE on June 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I used to consider Stewart's Calculus as an ideal beginner text but this book by Gilbert Strang tops it significantly. This is a great book if you have been away from calculus for a number of years and now want a fairly in-depth treatment beyond the "Calculus for Dummies" genere. Things are presented very well and the tone is almost conversational. For the self-learner who has the time and inclination this text is ideal. There are a goodly number of diagrams and examples.

To top it all off this book is available for free at the MIT Open Course website: [...]
In addition to the textbook the website has the Instructor's Manual and the Study Guide.

Excellent resource specially considering how expensive even mediocre calculus textbooks are today. I purchased a used copy since I find reading textbooks on the web gets old real quick. A must have.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1998
Format: Hardcover
If you intend to teach yourself calculus, or if you are looking for a text for review, this one would be an excellent choice. The topics are well explained and well motivated by applications. The book covers a wide array of topics and each of them is clearly developed. I would choose this as the text for a class if I were to teach it. I certainly recommend it for those learning outside the structure of a classroom.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By C. Middleton on July 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Clearly, for some people, Strang's book is better than anything else that they've encountered. Good for them. But for me, when reading it, I feel like a schizophrenic person is yelling at me. All the short sentences, exclamation marks, and off-topic tangents make it "conversational" for sure, but they also distract from the concepts and make the book harder to read. Honestly, I tried reading it - I read the introduction, I read different parts throughout the book, but the same thing kept happening. I've gone through many, many calculus books, and yes, many of them are the same, but I don't think that a book being different makes it necessarily better in this case. If Strang's style resonates with you, more power to you, but I must warn all those looking for a "clear" exposition that his writing (at least in the 1st edition) is completely all over the place, and has given me a mini-migraine.

To give a minor example of his machine gun rapid fire style of writing, at the beginning of the derivatives section he writes:

"This chapter begins with the definition of the derivative. Two examples were in Chapter 1. When the distance is t^2, the velocity is 2t. When f(t)=sin t, we found v(t)=cos(t). The velocity is now called the derivative of f(t). ... [and later...] Note that 'f is not ' times f! It is the change in f. Similarly, 'delta t is not ' delta times t. It is the time step, positive or negative and eventually small."

His characteristically short sentences make me feel like I'm reading a genius 4th grader's work. Maybe it helps students who can't read long sentences, but it makes it less conversational for me, and has the effect of making the text feel robotic and jolty.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Edison on June 23, 2006
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I first saw this book as a MIT textbook. Read it briefly and absolutely loved it. I learnt Calculus many years ago and hope I had this book then. The book is so clear written and easy to understand. I am buying this book for my son now. I am sure it will be a great help for anyone reads this.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By P. G. Scarborough on April 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a great self-teaching text. I'm currently in high school and I wanted to get a little ahead of the game so I searched for online calculus texts and found this one. The website ( MIT Text Publications) has all the chapters in pdf format complete with the answers to the odd numbered questions. Uses interesting examples such as the application of calculus to physics and economics.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By sp on April 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have read a great many calculus books at all levels. In my opinion, this is the best single
book currently in print for a first course in calculus - especially for those who will go into applied mathematics, engineering or physics.
Strang is one of the best, if not the best, teachers of mathematics in the United States.
The treatment given in this book is physical and brings the subject to life. Strang uses the odometer and speedometer
to give an initial motivation for the differential and integral branches of the subject. This is a simply brilliant approach.
Although many ivory tower math
types might disagree, mathematics is not just a set of formal rules like a game of chess. The true importance of
mathematics is to provide a language
to describe the physical world around us. Any introductory calculus text that ignores this fact is doing
the student a terrible disservice. This is why, although I have much respect for these texts, I would never recommend the treatments by Apostol or
Spivak for a first course in Calculus.

In summary, I give this book my highest recommendation.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book has excellent explanations, and is well organized. Usefull as a reference, and to teach yourself calculus. I used it all through college as a supplement (and sometimes replacement) for the assigned text.
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