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Introduction to Calculus and Analysis, Vol. 1 (Classics in Mathematics) Paperback – December 3, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-3540650584 ISBN-10: 354065058X Edition: 1999th

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  • Paperback: 661 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 1999 edition (December 3, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 354065058X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3540650584
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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From the reviews: "Volume 1 covers a basic course in real analysis of one variable and Fourier series. It is well-illustrated, well-motivated and very well-provided with a multitude of unusually useful and accessible exercises. [...]It is the best text known to the reviewer for anyone trying to make an analysis course less abstract." --The Mathematical Gazette

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Biography of Richard Courant

Richard Courant was born in 1888 in a small town of what is now Poland, and died in New Rochelle, N.Y. in 1972. He received his doctorate from the legendary David Hilbert in Göttingen, where later he founded and directed its famed mathematics Institute, a Mecca for mathematicians in the twenties. In 1933 the Nazi government dismissed Courant for being Jewish, and he emigrated to the United States. He found, in New York, what he called "a reservoir of talent" to be tapped. He built, at New York University, a new mathematical Sciences Institute that shares the philosophy of its illustrious predecessor and rivals it in worldwide influence.
For Courant mathematics was an adventure, with applications forming a vital part. This spirit is reflected in his books, in particular in his influential calculus text, revised in collaboration with his brilliant younger colleague, Fritz John.
(P.D. Lax)

Biography of Fritz John

Fritz John was born on June 14, 1910, in Berlin. After his school years in Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland), he studied in Göttingen and received his doctorate in 1933, just when the Nazi regime came to power. As he was half-Jewish and his bride Aryan, he had to flee Germany in 1934. After a year in Cambridge, UK, he accepted a position at the University of Kentucky, and in 1946 joined Courant, Friedrichs and Stoker in building up New York University the institute that later became the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. He remained there until his death in New Rochelle on February 10, 1994.
John's research and the books he wrote had a strong impact on the development of many fields of mathematics, foremost in partial differential equations. He also worked on Radon transforms, illposed problems, convex geometry, numerical analysis, elasticity theory. In connection with his work in latter field, he and Nirenberg introduced the space of the BMO-functions (bounded mean oscillations). Fritz John's work exemplifies the unity of mathematics as well as its elegance and its beauty.
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The result is an exciting read, yet rigorous.
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For people taking a very rigorous calculus course or an introductory Analysis course, this is a good book.
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It has a lot of interesting examples and exercises as well.
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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By purveyor on March 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
Springer have reprinted the original 1960s Wiley editions of "Introduction to Calculus and Analysis" volumes I and II by Courant and John in three new volumes under their "Classics in Mathematics" title: "Introduction to Calculus and Analysis I (pages 1-661)" (ISBN: 3-540-65058-X), "Introduction to Calculus and Analysis II/1, Chapters 1-4 (pages 1-542)" (ISBN: 3-540-66569-2), and "Introduction to Calculus and Analysis II/2, Chapters 5-8 (pages 543-954)" (ISBN: 3-540-66570-6). The back section of Volume II/2 (pages 821-939) has solutions to the exercises in both the books comprising volume II, that is "Introduction to Calculus and Analysis II/1" and "Introduction to Calculus and Analysis II/2".

Note that when Volume I of the original Courant and John "Introduction to Calculus and Analysis" was published in the 1960s by Wiley, an accompanying solutions manual for Volume I was prepared by Prof. Albert A. Blank. When Volume II was published by Wiley, Prof. Blank's solutions were incorporated into the back of Volume II (in other words, Volume II comes with the answers to the questions at the back of the book... or in the back of Volume II/2 in the case of this Springer "Classics in Mathematics" reprint.) However, the Springer reprint of Wiley's Volume I lacks solutions to the exercises in the textbook.

If you buy Volume I, do a check on the Internet for an old 1960s copy of Prof. Albert Blank's "Problems in Calculus and Analysis", which is the original solutions manual to Courant's Volume I.
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Justin Bost on May 27, 2002
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I don't use the word "superior" lightly, but this book definitely warrants it. Courant was a first rate teacher and mathematician, and his brilliance shows in his exposition. The main obstacle to some readers may be that Courant does not follow the "cookbook calculus" approach that seems so rampant today, but actually bothers to prove his results. He does, however, reserve most of the more difficult proofs for the appendices at the end of the chapter, which is most appreciated.

The result is an exciting read, yet rigorous. The reader is very well prepared for future courses in mathematical analysis, and even has a leg up on real analysis. While Courant's insistence on proof does mean that the student needs to have a basic grounding in proof methods, this is usually a standard part of the undergraduate curriclum. Courant rightly recognizes that calculus should be taught in a logical, yet rigorous presentation from the beginning. The absence of this in modern texts mean that students learn how to manipulate formulas, but have no idea what makes the results they are assuming true. The "mechanics" of calculus and analysis, the most crucial thing to be learn, is missed.

In particular, I enjoyed his presentation of integration *before* differentiation, which goes against the grain of basic calc texts, yet is historically and pedagogically correct. Integration actually paves the way for differentiation, and gives more motivation for the FTC. Most texts on real analysis work in that order anyway, as an understanding of Lebesgue measure and integration is crucial to understanding the process of differentiation.

In addition, I don't think I have ever before or since seen such a careful explanation of the theory of the logarithm or exponential functions.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Guilherme on December 15, 2005
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Those books (volumes 1-2) can be seen as a new edition of Courant's classical Differential and Integral Calculus, volumes 1-2 (that can still be used for general calculus courses). The first volume was written while Courant was still alive, and the second was postumous. I believe that they are the best work to start understanding analysis. Indeed, for the general scientist (as a physicist) it contains all the theory needed for any application. The book is not easy reading though. Much of the text can be understood on first reading, but there are pretty profound sections, mostly on the appendixes, that turn the book genuinely onto a book of analysis. The second volume requires some mathematical maturity, and I doubt whether it is suitable for beginners, but it is simply the best book of multivariate calculus that I know - and it is really difficult to think of a better presentation. Courant was a giant, and his concept of mathematics shines in every page of those books (although he did not see the publication of the second volume, his hand can be seen in every page). For the serious mathematician, a must-have. For the beginner, the best way to get in love. Courant and John don't lie, they give every proof and guide you most gently in this complicated garden called mathematics. I'd give it aleph stars if it was possible.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "ruizaguilar" on December 19, 1999
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This book is excellent for an introductory course in calculus and/or analysis. Through each chapter Courant familiarizes you with the principal ideas of analysis and leaves the proof of the theorems for the supplement at the end of each chapter. It has a lot of interesting examples and exercises as well. This book is so well written that is a joy to read. Though it lacks the brevity and the straight-forward approach of more modern books like that of Apostol, I strongly recommend this book to beginners and to those who have experience with more restrainted texts. I also recommend Hardy's book "A Course of Pure Mathematics".
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