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.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Edition description:||Fourth Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.54(h) x 1.14(d)|
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,
I. To Deliver You from the Preliminary Terrors,
II. On Different Degrees of Smallness,
III. On Relative Growings,
IV. Simplest Cases,
V. Next Stage. What to Do with Constants,
VI. Sums, Differences, Products, and Quotients,
VII. Successive Differentiation,
VIII. When Time Varies,
IX. Introducing a Useful Dodge,
X. Geometrical Meaning of Differentiation,
XI. Maxima and Minima,
XII. Curvature of Curves,
XIII. Partial Fractions and Inverse Functions,
XIV. On True Compound Interest and the Law of Organic Growth,
XV. How to Deal with Sines and Cosines,
XVI. Partial Differentiation,
XVIII. Integrating as the Reverse of Differentiating,
XIX. On Finding Areas by Integrating,
XX. Dodges, Pitfalls, and Triumphs,
XXI. Finding Solutions,
XXII. A Little More about Curvature of Curves,
XXIII. How to Find the Length of an Arc on a Curve,
Table of Standard Forms,
Epilogue and Apologue,
Answers to Exercises,
Some Recreational Problems Relating to Calculus, by Martin Gardner,
About the Authors,
Books by Martin Gardner,
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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. .
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.
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.
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!