Calculus Made Easy

Silvanus P. Thompson

What one fool can do, another can.

(Ancient Simian Proverb.)

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

-- Zed Shaw
Author of Learn Code the Hard Way

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


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. (source)

-- John Baez
Mathematical physicist, author of n-Category Café

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