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Document Type: | Book |
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All Authors / Contributors: |
Silvanus P Thompson; Martin Gardner |

ISBN: | 0312185480 9780312185480 |

OCLC Number: | 38379171 |

Notes: | Includes index. |

Description: | vi, 330 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm |

Contents: | To deliver you from the preliminary terrors -- On different degrees of smallness -- On relative growings -- Simplest cases -- Next stage. What to do with constants -- Sums, differences, products, and quotients -- Successive differentiation -- When time varies -- Introducing a useful dodge -- Geometrical meaning of differentiation -- Maxima and minima -- Curvature of curves -- Partial fractions and inverse functions -- On true compound interest and the law of organic growth -- How to deal with sines and cosines -- Partial differentiation -- Integration -- Integrating as the reverse of differentiating -- On finding areas by integrating -- Dodges, pitfalls, and triumphs -- Finding solutions -- A little more about curvature and curves -- How to find the length of an arc on a curve. |

Responsibility: | Silvanus P. Thompson and Martin Gardner. |

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### Abstract:

Updates the classic calculus primer.

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#### The classic smooth road to calculus

In my mathematical education, everything went smoothly until I hit calculus. Like many students, I found calculus a quantum leap that was difficult to make. It didn't help that my first calculus instructor was not good, and my first textbook was not the best. As a librarian, I keep my eyes out for books...

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In my mathematical education, everything went smoothly until I hit calculus. Like many students, I found calculus a quantum leap that was difficult to make. It didn't help that my first calculus instructor was not good, and my first textbook was not the best. As a librarian, I keep my eyes out for books that make calculus understandable.Kicking around Amazon, I found reviews of this book uniformly declared that it was the best smooth introduction to calculus. There are more recent books, such as Adams's "How to Ace Calculus: the streetwise guide," (which is also very good) and I am sure that there are entries in the "for Dummies" series and the "Complete Idiots" series. However, this one, which is pushing a hundred years old, is still the master. Yes, there are turns of phrase that sound antique, but in terms of making calculus understandable, it is still the best.

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