- Series: Available Titles CengageNOW
- Hardcover: 904 pages
- Publisher: Brooks Cole; 1 edition (March 21, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0495014427
- ISBN-13: 978-0495014423
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.2 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #932,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
The late James Stewart received his M.S. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He did research at the University of London and was influenced by the famous mathematician George Polya at Stanford University. Stewart was most recently Professor of Mathematics at McMaster University, and his research field was harmonic analysis. Stewart was the author of a best-selling calculus textbook series published by Cengage Learning, including CALCULUS, CALCULUS: EARLY TRANSCENDENTALS, and CALCULUS: CONCEPTS AND CONTEXTS, as well as a series of precalculus texts.
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I've read multiple calculus books (Stewart, Thomas, Edwards & Penny) and Stewart, even in this compact version, is the best at clearly revealing details of the subject.
From my experience with this Stewart text, I consider this book to be garbage relative to the textbook my previous university used for their calculus series (Thomas' Calculus). This book makes learning the calculus much more difficult, and much less enjoyable than it should be, and I will tell you the main reason why;
THIS BOOK SKIPS STEPS ALL OVER THE PLACE!
Whereas my previous textbook (Thomas' Calculus) takes the time to show the various steps along the way to a solution, because after all, it is supposed to be teaching you how to do the calculus, this Stewart Calculus textbook will jump into an example without any explanation at all about what is special about the example or how it is different from previous ones, skip several steps along the way, and throw out a final solution at you with very little guidance regarding how the solution was reached. The publisher boasts that this book is fewer pages than competing calculus texts, but if the helpful content is sacrificed simply in order to boast fewer pages, then what is the point? I'll take a well written 1200 page text over a poorly written 800 page text any day, which is why I recommend Thomas' Calculus over Stewart's Calculus. After struggling for several weeks in calculus 2 by trying to determine what in the world was missing in order for the author to jump from one part to another in the examples, I essentially abandoned the text in favor of the Thomas text I had on hand in order to learn the material. And sure enough, after returning to the much better explanations in the Thomas text, suddenly the calculus became moderately enjoyable again.
Basically, the author of this Stewart text seems to have forgotten that the purpose of the textbook is to teach you how to do the math, not drill you with countless examples that are poorly explained if at all. I would consider this text more of a workbook of problems than a useful book to teach calculus. The only good thing about this whole scenario is that I didn't waste approx. $200.00 on a new 2nd edition of this garbage text, and instead an only out about $10.00 on a used 1st edition.
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The author does a great job of failing to explain step by step solution of problems of new...Read more
So, not good, Mr. Bezos