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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

by Silvanus P Thompson; Martin Gardner

  Book  |  Newly rev., updated, expanded, and annotated for its 1998 ed

The classic smooth road to calculus   (2007-02-15)

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by vleighton

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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