Calculus Made Easy is a book on infinitesimal calculus originally published in by Silvanus P. Thompson , considered a classic and elegant introduction to the subject. The original text continues to be available as of from Macmillan and Co. Martin's Press which provides an introduction; three preliminary chapters explaining functions , limits , and derivatives ; an appendix of recreational calculus problems; and notes for modern readers. Gardner changes "fifth form boys" to the more American sounding and gender neutral "high school students," updates many now obsolescent mathematical notations or terms, and uses American decimal dollars and cents in currency examples. Calculus Made Easy ignores the use of limits with its epsilon-delta definition , replacing it with a method of approximating to arbitrary precision directly to the correct answer in the infinitesimal spirit of Leibniz , now formally justified in modern nonstandard analysis and smooth infinitesimal analysis.
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Geometrical Meaning of Differentiation. Maxima and Minima. Curvature of Curves. Partial Fractions and Inverse Functions. How to Deal with Sines and Cosines. Partial Differentiation. Integrating as the Reverse of Differentiating.
On Finding Areas by Integrating. 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. Back Matter Pages About this book Introduction Calculus Made Easy has been a classic introduction to the subject ever since it was first published by Silvanus P.
Thompson in In the first major revision of the text since , 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.
Calculus Made Easy
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