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The Calculus Story

A Mathematical Adventure

David Acheson



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Oxford University Press
07 December 2017
Calculus is the key to much of modern science and engineering. It is the mathematical method for the analysis of things that change, and since in the natural world we are surrounded by change, the development of calculus was a huge breakthrough in the history of mathematics. But it is also something of a mathematical adventure, largely because of the way infinity enters at virtually every twist and turn... In The Calculus Story David Acheson presents a wide-ranging picture of calculus and its applications, from ancient Greece right up to the present day. Drawing on their original writings, he introduces the people who helped to build our understanding of calculus. With a step by step treatment, he demonstrates how to start doing calculus, from the very beginning.
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 208mm,  Width: 168mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   290g
ISBN:   9780198804543
ISBN 10:   0198804547
Pages:   160
Publication Date:  
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David Acheson is a British applied mathematician, best known for his popular maths book 1089 and All That (OUP, 2010), which has been translated into 11 languages. He is an Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, and was Oxford University's first winner of a National Teaching Fellowship, in 2004. He was President of the Mathematical Association for 2010-11, and now lectures widely on mathematics to young people and the general public. In 2013, David Acheson was awarded an Honorary D.Sc by the University of East Anglia for his outstanding work in the popularisation of mathematics.

Reviews for The Calculus Story: A Mathematical Adventure

This wide-ranging picture of calculus and its applications, from antiquity to the present, reveals the method as both the key to much of modern science and engineering, and something of a mathematical adventure. * Science * A simple guide to calculus - where it came from, how it works, what it's good for, and where it went. Brief, informative, charming, and a model of clarity. Ideal motivation for beginners, and recommended to anyone who wonders what the subject is about. * Ian Stewart, author of Seventeen Equations that Changed the World * A worthy successor to 1089 and All That. * Adhemar Bult heel, European Mathematical Society * I would have killed for this book when I was 13 ... he [David Acheson] belongs in the league of great authors of popular works on mathematics. * George Matthews, Mathematics Today * Dazzling. * Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education * Don't panic if your mathematical muscles appear to have withered away (or you never truly cracked differentiation), David Acheson's The Calculus Story could be just the thing... A roller-coaster read, constantly climbing and diving through the wonderful world of calculus... There's something for everyone, from the inexperienced integrator to the seasoned solver of equations... His enthusiasm for calculus is almost palpable. * Timothy Revell, New Scientist * Superb introduction to calculus that should be in every young mathematician's bookcase. * Peter Ransom, Symmetry Plus * A very clear explanation of calculus ([I] wish I'd had it as a maths student!) along with some history of the subject. * Tim Harford, The Undercover Economist * Another wonderful book. * Mark McCartney, LMS Newsletter * Wish I'd had it as a maths student! * Tim Harford, Undercover Economist * This is a very readable book... It offers an illuminating perspective on calculus... A very enjoyable book for the layperson or the user of calculus. * Alex Chaplin, School Science Review * A remarkably expansive and frictionless tour of mathematical history and theory... The calculus story is no textbook... It is the antithesis of the dreary way calculus is too often taught at schools and universities... a supplement for a high school student, the parents of such a student, or an adult wishing to reacquaint herself painlessly with material long forgotten. * Henrik Latter, Plus * A splendid little book ... accessible to a very wide audience ... The book is highly recommended. * Adam McBride, Mathematical Gazette * This is the book on calculus I wish I'd written. It's a beautifully simple, friendly guide that's bursting at the seams with glorious, persuasive explanations as to why calculus is one of the most powerful ideas ever conceived by mankind. * Hannah Fry, Broadcaster, lecturer, and author of The Mathematics of Love * A masterpiece... Packed with insights, both historical and mathematical. * Steven Strogatz, professor of mathematics, Cornell University, and author of The Joy of X and Infinite Powers *

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