- 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
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- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
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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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M. L. Sewell, Jr., 3/2000
The concepts in Calculus are really simple things; as Gardner puts it, "the universe seems to favor simplicity in its fundamental laws". But there's always the teacher's pride, which leads him to make it all seem difficult, expecting the student to be amazed at how much the teacher knows. Alas the true result is that the student is usually left confused, loses interest in the subject, perhaps gives up on a career that he/she otherwise would have succeeded in, etc. I know about this, because I am guilty of it myself.
I recommend this book to people who:
1. Are just learning calculus. The book uses easy-to-understand language, simple examples, etc. Read about the binomial theorem before reading this book, though.
2. People who want to grasp the essence of calculus, not necessarily for a college course. Easy, entertaining reading; as stated earlier, the philosophy of the subject is presented in a comprehensible manner.
3. Calculus teachers. Definitely a must! This book is a good example of how calculus should be taught. Though you may not draw totally upon it, having read through Thompson's book can give you a good idea on how to organize your course and how to explain fundamental concepts
Read this book before you enter one of those imposing lecture halls (or at least the appropriate chapter of this book). Then and only then will you begin to at least recognize what the instructor is saying. And hopefully you will recognize when they're saying something that is not quite right.
Calculus is not hard; it's just not easy. This book probably should have been titled Calculus Made Understandable, or Caculus Made Fun, but it wasn't. So read the book and do the problems. It will open up a whole world of enjoyment that will last a lifetime.
Remember this very important point. Math was never learned in a lecture hall --- it's only truly learned in a study hall or library doing problems over and over and over.
The hardcover version by St. Matins Press is what you want. It's also almost half the price!, and is updated to include a somewhat useful introduction and very useful footnotes by a contemporary mathematician. That is an excellent book at an excellent price.
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.
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Takes a lot of the mystery out of the subject