First published in 1910, this text aims to make the topic of calculus accessible to students of mathematics. Gardner has updated the text to reflect developments in method and terminology, written an extensive preface and three new chapters, and added more than 20 recreational problems.
Calculus Made Easy has been a classic introduction to the subject ever since it was first published by Silvanus P.Thompson in 1910. In the first major revision of the text since 1946, Martin Gardner - the 'Mathematical Games' columnist for Scientific American and author of over 50 books and innumerable articles - has thoroughly updated the text to reflect recent developments in method and terminology, written an extensive preface and three new chapters, and added more than 20 recreational problems for practice and enjoyment. He has transformed this classic primer into a modern masterpiece that explains the timeless concepts of calculus in a contemporary and user-friendly voice.
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About Silvanus P Thompson
SILVANUS P. THOMPSON (1851-1916) wrote several science manuals and biographies of major scientists.
MARTIN GARDNER is a regular reviewer for the New York Review of Books. He lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
Table of Contents
Prologue.- 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.- Other Useful Dodges.- 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 Integration.- Dodges, Pitfalls and Triumphs.- Finding Solutions.- A Little More about Curvature of Curves.- How to Find the Length of an Arc on a Curve.- Epilogue and Apologue.
Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P Thompson
Silvanus P Thompson
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