Calculus Made Easy is a book on infinitesimal calculus originally published in by Silvanus P. Thompson. The original text continues to be available as of. New York, N.Y. The original edition of Calculus Made Easy was written by Silvanus P. Thompson and published in , with subsequent editions in. Calculus Made Easy has ratings and 60 reviews. Isaac said: It’s still not Before there was the beloved Martin Gardner, there was Sylvanus P Thompson.

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This book was written for school kids back in and contains very simple explanations with a little bit of dry humor thrown in. Views Read Edit View history. Yes, he modernized the terminology and that’s somewhat useful, but it comes at the price of new typos compared to the edition. Silvanus P ThompsonMartin Gardner. A must have for high school students and parents or teachers who wish to teach children calculus.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It is what comes after a few introductory chapters by Gardner that really made me smile: I reread the text a few times and worked out most of the problems and feel I now understand calculus well enough to appreciate its significance and genius.

So highly recommended to a bright high-schooler or baffled undergrad, ideally to be followed by A Primer of Infinitesimal Analysisif you can convince people that you don’t need the standard analysis curriculum. Jun 15, Charlie rated it it was ok. Best math book I’ve ever read. But my knowledge about Calculus was very limited. Learned it again in college and hated it. It’s been pointed out by others that Martin Gardner’s changes for the edition are of dubious value, and I agree.


Martin Gardner has updated and revised the latest edition. With a new introduction, three new chapters, modernized language and methods throughout, and an appendix of challenging and enjoyable practice problems, Calculus Made Easy has been thoroughly updated for the modern reader. Mad props for being the first calculus text I didn’t hate, and actually being fun.

I have skipped the exercises. I myself learned calculus in much the same way as it is presented in sivanus book, only a century later. Someone trying to learn calculus for the first time could do far worse than using this work as their primer. If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you.

Calculus Made Easy

This book is definitely worth the read. Available for free on project Gutenberg as a beautifully typeset PDF, this amazing little book presents the most fundamental ideas of the calculus in a surprisingly approachable way.

Feb 01, Maxwell Pollack rated it really liked it. Refresh and try again.

I’m a software developer and have had my interests in Mathematics for quite some time now. Makes me remember why I loved studying calculus. The author doesn’t seem to have a consistent audience in mind.

Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson – Free Ebook

If you are looking for a refresher to high school level calculus or a introductory read, this is the book for you. D You can download a PDF of the edition at djm. Jan 23, Dipesh rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The author does indeed present the subj This was a book that I skimmed through, rather than thoroughly digested, not least because much of each chapter consists of worked examples and exercises which I didn’t attempt.


Aug 26, Allyn rated it it was amazing. I would read in one until I couldn’t go any farther, then I would read in the other up to the same subject point.

Presented the concepts quite simply and readably. 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.

The book has real simple language and of course since this a book about an advanced concept, the reader is expected to have some background in Mathematics. Hardcoverpages. 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.

In fact, this is a very old book early 20th century and it’s surprising how accessible it is I would say, more than today’s books. 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.