- Hardcover: 680 pages
- Publisher: Publish or Perish; fourth edition (July 9, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0914098918
- ISBN-13: 978-0914098911
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 9.2 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That person is wrong.
It's harder to develop and write good problems than it is to state a theorem, give a proof, and some easy examples. What that negative review tells me is that person didn't do the problems, or at least try them.
I used this book in an honors calculus course, first year in college. The professor told us before the first assignment that we wouldn't be able to solve all of the problems. He said the point was to attempt them, more than once, diligently, so that we had good, specific, illuminating questions to bring to him during lectures.
My method, taken from the professor's advice, was to read the section and try the problems. If I got stuck, I'd review the definitions, solve the examples myself, then go back to the problem. I would spend hours on two or three problems. Hours. Sometimes I'd succeed, mostly I wouldn't. Then at class time or during office hours I'd have those questions ready. But it was the process of trying and failing, trying and failing again, that showed me what I was doing wrong, that gave me practice in thinking about the math, and that forced me to read, re-read, and totally memorize the definitions and theorems.
I still only got an A-. It was disappointing because I really wanted that A+. But my professor reminded me to have some perspective. By the end of that class I could integrate the hell out of any integral you put in from of me. I finally understood sequences and series. I had become very proficient in epsilon-delta proofs. I learned to use inequalities in proofs.Read more ›
Even though I love this book, there are a few things I would like to tell people who are looking at potentially buying this book
1), This will most likely be your first encounter with real mathematics. This book tests an entirely new skill-set that isn't developed in high schools today, so there will naturally be a steep learning curve. Take heart! Chapters 1, 2 and 5 are the worst; all the others are not as bad.
2). Know what you want! This book is mathematically rigorous (aka proofs). If you are an engineer or anything other than a student of pure mathematics, this will not be your cup of tea.
3). You will never again solve a problem in under 5 minutes! Many people who claim to be "good at math" have only seen the routine exercises that comprise high school mathematics today. Please be aware that this book contains PROBLEMS that force you to think long and hard and actually learn something. There are several reviews that claim that the questions are completely separate from the text, and that this book does not sufficiently prepare you for attacking the problems sets.Read more ›
Every subject requires a spanning set of books and this book should be an element of the span. With all due respect to Spivak, a book that covers calculus in the same rigorous manner, and has the benefit of almost fitting in your back pocket, is the called Introduction to Calculus by the famous Polish mathematician Kuratowski.
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For anyone who has never seen calculus before, this book is ABSOLUTELY NOT FOR YOU! This book as others have said is essentially an introduction to real analysis book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A Classic. Best Calculus book I've ever used. Author's writing style makes a tough topic like calculus easy to understandPublished 9 months ago by Oldman
The textbook is required by my prof. Surprisingly, it's actually interesting to read.Published 10 months ago by Ano0901
Having evaluated various Calculus texts over the years, my standout text has been a relatively old (editions from late 1970s to late 1980s) and unknown calculus text (Calculus and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by wjw
After 7 years of math in high school, decided to get deeper in the subject. Bought this book and studied it in combination with Mit Ocw lectures (calculus 1 and calculus revisited)... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Daniel Lombo Bernardo
This book contains a fascinating chapter (Chapter 17) which shows how Kepler's laws lead mathematically to Newton's law of universal gravitation. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rick Ferraro