Great book. 'Easy' for some!,
This review is from: Calculus Made Easy - Being a Very-Simplest Introduction to Those Beautiful Methods of Reckoning Which Are Generally Called by the Terrifying Names of (Paperback)
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!