- Paperback: 426 pages
- Publisher: Johnston Press; Enlarged edition (August 8, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1409724670
- ISBN-13: 978-1409724674
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 258 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,612,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Calculus Made Easy: Being a Very-Simplest Introduction to those Beautiful Methods of Rekoning which are Generally Called by the Terrifying Names of the Differential Calculus and the Integral Calculus Enlarged Edition
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This is not something to replace a standard calculus textbook. This is supplementary material that is intended to nail home some of the key concepts in calculus that are difficult for most people to grasp because they are more abstract concepts than they are used to dealing with in lower-level math courses. Even if you already have a passable grasp of the concepts, this book is still great because of its unusual presentation; it will add another dimension to your understanding. You can use it to weave together concepts from other subjects more easily.
NB: for those complaining about the formatting in the Kindle version, it's fine if you buy the official eTextbook version from St. Martin's Press and Macmillan. I found it at ASIN B00I1VX8FE.
His writing style is both light-hearted and insightful. He begins the book by explaining the terminology and notation used in calculus, albeit in a humorous way. He riffs on the so-called "math experts" of his time who took the most complicated approach to explaining calculus. With this brief satire he draws you in deeper and deeper into this elegant topic. He gives concrete examples and gentle motivation so that even a non-math major such as myself could become interested in the subject.
Mr. Thompson was not a mathematician but an engineer and this may be why he is able to relate the topic in such a simple yet effective way. Beginning with simple differentials, he disassembles every piece of the calculus and shows you how they work and what to do with them. You will learn about derivatives, partial fractions integration and much more. Although this is supposed to be an easy way to learn, there are still some challenging exercises in the book for your mind to chew on. Rest assured though, Thompson gives you plenty of examples and easy exercises with the more tricky ones coming in at the end.
As for Gardner's additions to the book, well I see that he has caught a lot of flak for adding 2 chapters at the beginning. However they are very short chapters and as another (very helpful) reviewer said, you should just come back to them after delving into Thompson's explanations. The reason why Gardner adds a chapter on functions and a chapter on limits is that modern calculus classes will invariably expect a full understanding of what limits and functions are. This is not a reason to shy away from the book, it is merely Gardner trying to prepare you for a modern class after you've learned Thompson's methods. He also has written some helpful footnotes throughout the book while keeping all of the original material virtually the same.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to learn calculus and will definitely be lending my copy to any friends who desire a respite from the chaos that is a modern math textbook.
The book arrived a few days early and is in perfect condition. I'd recommend this book for high school students that want to take their academics to the next level. Or those that have plans on being a math educator, like myself. Hopefully this book can help you fully understand and conquer calculus.
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still has the power to teach anybody simple calculus. As a
Geometry student, I studied this book on the side.Read more