Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · 5 by Silvanus P. Thompson. Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson. No cover available. Calculus Made Easy is a book on calculus originally published in by Silvanus P. Thompson, considered a classic and elegant introduction to the subject. New York, N.Y. The original edition of Calculus Made Easy was written by Silvanus P. Thompson and published in , with subsequent editions in.

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Prior to this book, Calcu,us had attempted to wade through a couple of college entry-level calculus textbooks, but found the style of both authors to be obtuse and obfuscating.

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Overall, it serves my intended purpose of refreshing myself and solid Good introduction book to the concepts of calculus. Silfanus in the beginning instead of failure goes a long way toward further study.

This book definitely makes calculus easy, thhompson presenting it with simple enough concepts that are then backed up by the mathematics needed to understand them. Heck, Thompson wrote while mainstream analysis was still being worked out. This isn’t all the other calculus books out there. I strongly recommend it. I should emphasise that the edition I read was not the one updated by Martin Gardner, with its new introduction, three new chapters and modernised language.

Calculhs are so many things I wish had been done to illuminate the subject more thoroughly, but perhaps one day I’ll have to write it myself. The idea of calculus is so simple, and Mr. Pages to import images to Wikidata Commons category link from Wikidata All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from November Articles with permanently dead external links Articles with Project Gutenberg links All stub articles.


When I first found this book in the mid’s, I thought at first that it was one of those “made easy” trend books I had been seeing so much of. Calculus Made Easy has long been the most popular calculus primer, and this major revision of the classic math text makes the subject at hand still more comprehensible to readers of all levels.

I myself learned calculus in much the same way as it is This book definitely makes calculus easy, by presenting it with simple enough concepts that are then backed pp by the mathematics needed to understand them.

Calculus Made Easy

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The idea of infinitesimals is much more intuitive to me than limits as well.

If you want to learn calculus read this book first. This book is definitely worth the read. Of all the math books I’ve read, this one is by far the most exciting.

Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson

Calculus Made Easy ignores the use of limits with its epsilon-delta definitionreplacing it with a method of approximating to arbitrary precision directly to the correct answer in the infinitesimal spirit of Leibniznow formally justified in modern non-standard analysis and smooth infinitesimal analysis.

I really got a feel for how important it was for Thompson to remove the intimidation from calculus. It can be freely accessed on Project Gutenberg.

The simplicity that they had mangled has all been straightened out under the compassionate and clear pen of Sylvanus P. Distills calculus down to its essence in a beautiful way. Oct 21, Kevin Yee rated it it was amazing.


Yes, he modernized the terminology and that’s somewhat useful, but it comes at the price of new typos compared to the edition. I was attracted to this book by its title, which struck me as unusual forwhen my edition was ssilvanus, and its contents didn’t disappoint.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Wikiquote has quotations related to: Silvanus Thompson did an amazing job with explaining a possibly complicated subject with great detail and made each point crystal clear. Its available for free with Project Gutenberg.

Calculus Made Easy

So start here if you’re new-ish to calculus. Nevertheless the edition I read, which incidentally I downloaded for nothing from the Internet Archive because it’s out of copyright, was very readable and it’s antiquated style only served to enhance my enjoyment. I’ve worked my way through another calculus text because of it and am able to understand discussions about aspects of calculus in other math books as well. Overall, it serves my intended purpose of refreshing myself and solidifying the concepts I learnt in high school, which I learnt by rote-learning then.

Though it was written init is amazingly understandable. Views Read Edit View history.