Silvanus P. Thompson

- Prologue
- I. To Deliver You From The Preliminary Terrors
- II. On Different Degrees of Smallness
- III. On Relative Growings
- IV. Simplest Cases
- V. Next Stage. What to do with Constants
- VI. Sums, Differences, Products and Quotients
- VII. Successive Differentiation
- VIII. When Time Varies
- IX. Introducing a Useful Dodge
- X. Geometrical Meaning of Differentiation
- XI Maxima and Minima
- XII. Curvature of Curves
- XIII. Other Useful Dodges
- XIV. (a) On true Compound Interest and the Law of Organic Growth
- XIV. (b) The Die-away Curve
- XV. How To Deal With Sines And Cosines
- XVI. Partial Differentiation
- XVII. Integration
- XVIII. Integrating as the Reverse of Differentiating
- XIX. On Finding Areas by Integrating
- XX. Dodges, Pitfalls, and Triumphs
- XXI. Finding some Solutions
- Epilogue and Apologue
- Table of Standard Forms

Calculus Made Easy is a book on calculus originally published in 1910 by Silvanus P. Thompson, considered a classic and elegant introduction to the subject.

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I read "Calculus Made Easy" by Silvanus P. Thompson and it's still to this day my inspiration for explaining complex technical topics to lay people. It's a fantastic book, and even if you know math you

mustread it if you want to understand how to teach complexity to others.(source)

Thompson creates a warm, inviting environment where students will learn and grasp the true essence of calculus without any added fluff or overt technicality.

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Most college calculus texts weigh a ton; this one does not — it just gets to the point. This is how I learned calculus: my uncle gave me a copy.

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- I have enjoyed Calculus, Second edition* by Gilbert Strang. It is similar to Calculus Made Easy but is more advanced.

- Visual Complex Analysis* is legendary. Just as Calculus Made Easy, it uses a geometrical approach instead of the usual symbolic one.

- Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos* is another more advanced textbook that is famous for its great pedagogy. You can also find Strogatz's lectures on youtube.

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