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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. 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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Calculus Made Easy is arguably the best math teaching ever. To a non-mathematician, its simplicity and clarity reveals the mathematical genius of Newton, Leibniz, and Thompson himself. Martin Gardner deserves huge thanks for renewing this great book."—Julian Simon, author of Population Matters

"A remarkable and user-friendly approach to the study of calculus, made even more so by Martin Gardner, the most highly acclaimed mathematical expositor of our time."—R.L. Graham, Chief Scientist, AT&T Labs, and author of Concrete Mathematics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312185480
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/1998
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 342,949
  • Product dimensions: 5.71 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Silvanus P. Thompson, born in 1851, was elected to the Royal Society in 1891. He wrote numerous technical books and manuals on electricity, magnetism, dynamos, and optics, as well as several popular biographies of prominent scientists. Thompson died in 1916.

Martin Gardner, born in 1914, has written several reviews for The New York Review of Books and was a Scientific American columnist for over twenty-five years. He lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the 1998 Edition
Preliminary Chapters by Martin Gardner
1. What is a Function?
2. What is a Limit?
3. What is a Derivative?

Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson
Publisher's Note on the Third Edition
1. To Deliver Your from the Preliminary Terrors
2. On Different Degrees of Smallness
3. On Relative Growings
4. Simplest Cases
5. Next Stage. What to Do with Constants
6. Sums, Differences, Products, and Quotients
7. Successive Differentiation
8. When Time Varies
9. Introducing a Useful Dodge
10. Geometrical Meaning of Differentiation
11. Maxima and Minima
12. Curvature of Curves
13. Partial Fractions and Inverse Functions
14. On True Compound Interest and the Law of Organic Growth
15. How to deal with Sines and Cosines
16. Partial Differentiation
17. Integration
18. Integrating as the Reverse of Differentiating
19. On Finding Areas by Integrating
20. Dodges, Pitfalls, and Triumphs
21. Finding Solutions
22. A Little More about Curvature of Curves
23. How to Find the Length of an Arc on a Curve
Table of Standards

Epilogue and Apologue
Answers to Exercises
Appendix: Some Recreational Problems Relating to Calculus, by Martin Gardner
About the Authors

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2005

    I was lost for 4 semester but now understand

    I made it through all my calculus classes as an engineering major, but honestly never understood any of the theory behind what I was doing. Now, as a masters student, I need to understand the concepts of calculus. I am not joking when I say that I learned far more from reading this book than I did in 4 semesters of college calc.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2012

    Barely usable, and vastly inferior to the paper copy with this cover.

    Lots of spelling errors left over from the scanning. Much of the layout is lost. It is a really good book, but I read it in a printed form, and this copy is derived from a "Project Gutenberg" copy. Which may be fair use for an out of copyright book, but this edition uses the cover with Martin Gardner's name on it, and I think it is unfair. The cover would not be out of copyright, and I don't think that he would want his name used on this edition. It does preserve the essential text but needs to be copy edited.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2003

    Gardner's Update is Superb!

    This update of a classic is a must for those seeking an authoritative source of introductory calculus. The authors have brought only the critical elements to their discussion and exercises. Readers will find this a wonderful introduction or review to the basic principles of calculus. Well done!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2014

    Rating is only for Nook version of Gardiner revision

    Numerous equations are in a tiny font that ruins the Nook version of this wonderful classic. I own the print version of the Gardiner revision. It's wonderful. The Nook version of this revision is a disaster. Shame on the publisher.

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  • Posted February 6, 2012

    Very helpful

    I have just started reading the book, but so far it provides helpful chapters covering derivatives and so much more for calculus. It also has many examples with the answers so you can check your work.

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

    An oldy but a goody.

    This was very useful to one well equipped in algebra. They say those who have difficulty with calculus have a hard time with algebra. This author made sure to include plenty of examples. I recommend this book.

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    Posted December 11, 2008

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