Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson and Martin Gardner 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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Available for free on project Gutenberg as a beautifully typeset PDF, this amazing little book presents the most fundamental ideas of the calculus in a surprisingly approachable way. It's certainly light on rigor, but for an introductory primer,that's not such a terrible thing.more
Although Thompson's 1910 text has been revised and modernized, it remains at bottom a utilitarian approach to learning to calculate the solutions to calculus problems. So, while it's not suitable as a text, it may be useful to those having trouble understanding the theory of the calculus but needing it as a tool.more