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Calculus Made Easy: Being a Very-Simplest Introduction To Those Beautiful Methods Of Reckoning Which Are Generally Called By The Terrifying Names Of The Differential Calculus And The Integral Calculus Paperback – 29 May 2013


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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (29 May 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1489595813
  • ISBN-13: 978-1489595812
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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'Martin Gardner is one of the great intellects produced in this country.' - Douglas Hofstadter

'For more than half a century, Martin Gardner has been the single brightest beacon defending rationality and good science.' - Stephen Jay Gould--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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SILVANUS P. THOMPSON (1851-1916) wrote several science manuals and biographies of major scientists.

MARTIN GARDNER is a regular reviewer for the New York Review of Books. He lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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128 of 129 people found the following review helpful By pmc1@st-and.ac.uk on 29 Oct. 2000
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This book was written way back in 1910 by a Fellow of the Royal Society. However, unlike Newton's works (he was also a member) this is extremely lucid.
The essence of this work is that anyone can do calculus. Moreover, since the fools that are university professors can do it, so can you or I. The book begins with an amusing prologue about the stupidity of the mathematical teaching establishment and how it likes to show off with its amazing ability by portraying calculus as a difficult art. The author had to 'unteach himself the difficulties' and undertakes to explain them as clearly as possible. And that he does. From personal experience, before reading this book my maths grades were in the toilet - almost immediately after I read and understood it, my grades trebled. This is because the book is the best explanation of calculus I have ever seen or heard of. This was also the favourite of an eminent American physicist who read this book himself, and went on to win the Nobel Prize in 1965. The concepts are reduced to their bare (understandable) bones, and built up again leading to some great understanding of the calculus, and a confidence to approach mathematics. This book really is a MUST for all A-level students of maths - you may as well throw your textbooks in the bin. Good work Mr. Thompson!!!
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Observer on 11 Jan. 2004
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I have a number of texts on the calculus andgeneral maths and this book, written originally in 1910, but recently edited by Martin Gardener) stands head and shoulders above all the introductory texts, for introducing calculus in an understandable way, slice by slice. Also, the book being a small paperback fits into one's pocket unlike many/most texts on calculus!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ted Mooney on 14 Dec. 2010
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Why aren't all maths books as good is this. Never has a finer book been written on Calculus. I heartily recommend this book to all who want to know the beauty and simplicity of Calculus. It is esseential for the beginner and equally so for the expert. 'A' level students need this book.
Ted Mooney
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 25 Jun. 2013
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I navigated to this book by seaching for the 1998 edition, which I enjoyed so much I fancied a Kindle edition.
Having found the paperback versionCalculus Made Easy with images of the expected cover, showing the authors as Silvanus P Thompson and Martin Gardner, I selected the Kindle option from the available formats table.
This took me to the page for "Calculus made easy by Silvanus P Thompson" on Kindle.

The first three lines of the Product description currently say:
"Review
'Martin Gardner is one of the great intellects produced in this country.' - Douglas Hofstadter
'For more than half a century, Martin Gardner has been the single brightest beacon defending rationality and good science.' - Stephen Jay Gould</B "

Thus seeming to confirming Martin Gardiner as co-author. However this version of the book is from a 1942 reprint. The preface is dated 1911, a few years before Martin Gardner was born.

I am disappointed. The 1998 version is in modern english, but sticks to the essence of the original version. It has updated examples, not mentioning farthings and groats. The newer version speaks to you, now. In this day and age the style and content of the original version is a little distracting.

I believe this book to be a classic, whichever version you buy, but the marketing leaves a lot to be desired.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dannystaples on 15 April 2012
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You might think that a book on calculus is going to be a snooze fest. I actually ENJOYED reading this book. How is that possible you ask? Well apart from being very easy to read, it also gives you examples and works through the maths in a nice way. He isn't trying to impress you with the standard Maths books do but actually provides useful information that can be used for the harder stuff later on. It is laying the foundations if you like.

I would imagine that this book would work better if you use it alongside another text book. So if you have problems with the Product Rule for example read this book, try the worked examples and then go onto another book and try some more examples. Only through repetition and practice will you nail calculus.

Calculus is as hard as the situation in which it is utilised. Calculus can be used to find the maximum area of a rectangle of sides a and b which is rather simple. It can also be used to work out the inner workings of space-time and that IS difficult. You just need to understand that you need to learn to crawl before you can walk and run. This book will give you the confidence to take the next step.

I highly recommend this book, plus it is relatively inexpensive but if you can find a second/third hand one then I'd do that.
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I realy love this book but be aware that the title is very misleading as far as im concerned. I personally found it very hard to get my head round some of the methods and while I managed in the end (it is worth it) I don't consider it easy at all. Maybe im just not as smart as everyone else who read it but I want to make anyone who thinks this will be a shortcut to understanding calculus think twice.
I didnt realise it was 100 years old and it could have been written today. the explanations and style are very good and the examples are varied and often have an actual point. By this I mean they have some relevance to an actual situation as opposed to just numbers and letters. For students who are used to modern teaching - IE learning how to get all the answers right but not actually having a clue what is going on, id recommend this book. I am a big fan of first principle methods and dont like how these are quickly discarded by schools and universities thus leaving students to forget what they are realy doing.
If you buy this just make sure your algebra is of a good standard and that you understand the majority of simplification and substitution methods!
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