# 100 Best Calculus Books of All Time

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Though many of us were scared away from this essential, engrossing subject in high school and college, Steven Strogatz’s brilliantly creative, down‑to‑earth history shows that calculus is not about complexity; it’s about simplicity. It harnesses an unreal number—infinity—to tackle real‑world problems, breaking them down into easier ones and then reassembling the answers into solutions that feel... more

John UrschelI hope they enjoy it as much as I did. If you or someone you know is studying Calculus, this book is highly recommended. https://t.co/s2yVt6SwTx (Source)

Kirk Borne"Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe" book by @stevenstrogatz https://t.co/wy91xAEqlS Great #Mathematics book that explores the History of Modern Science from this amazing perspective! https://t.co/M4obTvpnbe (Source)

Nigel ShadboltInfinite Powers is a wonderful motivational for anyone taking a course in calculus. For those readers who remember calculus with dread from maths classes of yore, here is a text that explains just why the material has always had such a key place in our curricula. It charts a history of ideas that sought to make sense of the world through mathematics—to develop methods that find the deep laws and... (Source)

*x*, and theorems on differentiation and antidifferentiation lead to a definition of the chain rule and examinations of trigonometric functions, logarithmic and exponential functions, techniques of integration, polar coordinates, much more. Clear-cut explanations, numerous drills, illustrative examples. 1967 edition. Solution guide available upon request. less

Eric Weinstein[Eric Weinstein recommended this book on Twitter.] (Source)

*The Calculus Lifesaver*provides students with the essential tools they need not only to learn calculus, but to excel at it.

All of the material in this user-friendly study guide has been proven to get results. The book arose from Adrian Banner's popular calculus review course at Princeton University, which he developed especially for students who are motivated to earn A's but get only average grades on exams. The complete course will be available for free on the Web in a... more

*Now students have nothing to fear!*

Math textbooks can be as baffling as the subject they're teaching. Not anymore. The best-selling author of

*The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Calculus*has taken what appears to be a typical calculus workbook, chock full of solved calculus problems, and made legible notes in the margins, adding missing steps and simplifying solutions. Finally, everything is made perfectly clear. Students will be prepared to solve those obscure problems that were never discussed in class but always seem to find their way onto exams.

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**From the bestselling author of**

*The Theoretical Minimum*, a DIY introduction to the math and science of quantum mechanics.First he taught you classical mechanics. Now, physicist Leonard Susskind has teamed up with data engineer Art Friedman to present the theory and associated mathematics of the strange world of quantum mechanics.

In this follow-up to the New York Times best-selling

*The Theoretical Minimum*, Susskind and Friedman provide a lively introduction to this famously difficult field, which attempts to understand the behavior of sub-atomic... more

Eric Weinstein[Eric Weinstein recommended this book on Twitter.] (Source)

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Robert EaglestoneIn this novel, you find stories that interlock like Russian dolls…an obvious example of a writer learning clever postmodern tricks, but domesticating them. (Source)

The Centre for the Study of Existential RiskThis is the perfect book if you want to read about human extinction but you still need to be ‘seduced’ into it. (Source)

**Calculus For Dummies, 2nd Edition (9781119293491) was previously published as Calculus For Dummies, 2nd Edition (9781118791295). While this version features a new Dummies cover and design, the content is the same as the prior release and should not be considered a new or updated product.**

Slay the calculus monster with this user-friendly guide

Slay the calculus monster with this user-friendly guide

*Calculus For Dummies*, 2nd Edition makes calculus manageable--even if you're one of the many students who sweat at the thought of it. By breaking down differentiation and integration into digestible... more

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This major survey of mathematics, featuring the work of 18 outstanding Russian mathematicians and including material on both elementary and advanced levels, encompasses 20 prime subject areas in mathematics in terms of their simple origins and their subsequent sophisticated developement. As Professor Morris Kline of New York University noted, "This unique work presents the amazing panorama of mathematics proper. It is the best answer in print to what mathematics... more

Nassim Nicholas TalebThere is something admirable about the school of the Russians: they are thinkers doing math, with remarkable clarity, minimal formalism, and total absence of unnecessary pedantry one finds in more modern texts (in the post Bourbaki era). This is of course surprising as one would have expected the exact opposite from the products of the communist era. Mathematicians should be using this book as a... (Source)

*In Pursuit of the Unknown*, celebrated mathematician Ian Stewart uses a handful of mathematical equations to explore the vitally important connections between math and human progress. We often overlook the historical link between mathematics and technological advances, says Stewart—but this connection is integral to any complete understanding of human history.Equations are modeled on the patterns we find in the world around us, says Stewart, and it is through equations that we are able to make sense of, and in turn influence, our world. Stewart locates the origins of each equation he... more

Nick HighamHe is a brilliant writer and one of the most famous people in the world for popularising mathematics. (Source)

Ante ShodaThis is written by a professor of mathematics from the United Kingdom, and it describes a number of mathematical breakthroughs and their consequences related to engineering and the practical usage of mathematics in machines and other things that we use every day. It’s a great introduction to the underlying principles of engineering. (Source)

*Calculus Made Easy*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. less

Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F.... more

Wai Chee DimockThis book is told in the first person, in the voice of Hadley. In that way it’s a good complement to Monique Truong’s book, which is told in the voice of the cook. Paula McLain did a good job in terms of historical research, and in fleshing out Hadley’s psychology. (Source)

*A Mind for Numbers*offers the tools you need to get a better grasp of that intimidating but inescapable field. Engineering professor Barbara Oakley knows firsthand how it feels to struggle with math. She flunked her way through high school math and science courses, before enlisting in the army immediately after graduation. When she saw how her lack of mathematical and technical savvy severely limited her options—both to... more

**A master teacher presents the ultimate introduction to classical mechanics for people who are serious about learning physics**

**"Beautifully clear explanations of famously 'difficult' things," --**

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*Wall Street Journal*Best Book of 2013If you ever regretted not taking physics in college--or simply want to know how to think like a physicist--this is the book for you. In this bestselling introduction, physicist Leonard Susskind and hacker-scientist George Hrabovsky offer a first course in physics and... more

Eric Weinstein[Eric Weinstein recommended this book on Twitter.] (Source)

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*New York Times Book Review*

Larry Gonick, master cartoonist, former Harvard instructor, and creator of the

*New York Times*bestselling, Harvey Award-winning Cartoon Guide series now does for calculus what he previously did for science and history: making a complex subject comprehensible, fascinating, and fun through witty text and light-hearted graphics. Gonick’s

*The Cartoon Guide to Calculus*is a refreshingly humorous, remarkably thorough guide to... more

*The Calculus Affair*,

*The Red Sea Sharks*, and

*Tintin in Tibet.*less

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This is the deal. Give me 350 pages of your attention, and I'll teach you everything you need to know about functions, limits, derivatives, integrals, vectors, forces, and accelerations. This book is the only math book you'll need for the first semester of undergraduate studies in... more

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This new edition is extensively revised and updated with a refocused layout. In addition to the inclusion of extra exercises, the quality and focus... more

**A funny, insightful, and self-contained guide to Einstein's relativity theory and classical field theories--including electromagnetism**

Physicist Leonard Susskind and data engineer Art Friedman are back. This time, they introduce readers to Einstein's special relativity and Maxwell's classical field theory. Using their typical brand of real math, enlightening drawings, and humor, Susskind and Friedman walk us through the complexities of waves, forces, and particles by exploring special relativity and electromagnetism. It's a must-read for both devotees of the series and any... more

**The next book from Ben Orlin, the popular math blogger and author of the underground bestseller**

*Math With Bad Drawings.**Change Is The Only Constant*is an engaging and eloquent exploration of the intersection between calculus and daily life, complete with Orlin's sly humor and wonderfully bad drawings.*Change is the Only Constant*is an engaging and eloquent exploration of the intersection between calculus and daily life, complete with Orlin's sly humor and memorably bad drawings. By spinning 28 engaging mathematical tales, Orlin shows us... more

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**most important points in the book** - Cutting out the fluff: you focus your time on what's important to know
- Interactive exercises:
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*The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry*to set you on the road to chemical literacy.

You don't need to be a scientist to grasp these and many other complex ideas, because

*The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry*explains them all: the history and basics of chemistry, atomic theory, combustion, solubility, reaction stoichiometry, the mole, entropy,... more

*The System of the World,*the third and concluding volume of Neal Stephenson's shelf-bending Baroque Cycle (

*Quicksilver*and

*The Confusion*), brings the epic historical saga to its thrilling - and truly awe-inspiring - conclusion.

Set in the early 18th century and featuring a diverse cast of characters that includes alchemists, philosophers, mathematicians, spies, thieves, pirates, and royalty,

*The System of the World*follows Daniel Waterhouse, an unassuming philosopher and confidant to some of the most brilliant minds of the age, as he returns to England... more

Neil deGrasse TysonWhich books should be read by every single intelligent person on planet? [...] The System of the World (Newton) [to learn that the universe is a knowable place]. If you read all of the above works you will glean profound insight into most of what has driven the history of the western world. (Source)

More than 40 million students have trusted Schaum's Outlines for their expert knowledge and helpful solved problems. Written by renowned experts in this field, "Schaum's Outline of Calculus" covers what you need to know for your course and, more important, your exams. Step-by-step, the authors walk you through coming up with solutions to exercises in this topic. Outline format supplies a concise guide to the standard college course in calculus 1,103 problems solved step-by-step Clear, concise explanations of all calculus concepts... more

Here is the most practical, complete, and easy-to-use guideavailable for understanding physics and the physical world. Even ifyou don't consider yourself a "science" person, this book helpsmake learning key concepts a pleasure, not a chore. Whether youneed help in a course, want to review the basics for an exam, orsimply have always been curious about such physical phenomena asenergy, sound, electricity, light, and color, you've come to theright place! This fully up-to-date edition of Basic Physics:

* Has been tested,... more

*How to Ace Calculus*provides humorous and readable explanations of the key topics of calculus without the technical details and fine print that would be found in a more formal text. Capturing the tone of students exchanging ideas among themselves, this unique guide also explains how calculus is taught, how to get the best teachers, what to study, and what is likely to be on exams—all the tricks of the trade that will make learning the material of first-semester calculus a piece of cake. Funny, irreverent, and flexible,

*How to Ace...*more

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**An easy-to-understand primer on advanced calculus topics**Calculus II is a prerequisite for many popular college majors, including pre-med, engineering, and physics.

*Calculus II For Dummies*offers expert instruction, advice, and tips to help second semester calculus students get a handle on the subject and ace their exams.

It covers intermediate calculus topics in plain English, featuring in-depth coverage of integration, including substitution, integration techniques and when to use them, approximate integration, and improper integrals. This hands-on guide also covers... more

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**Get ahead in pre-calculus**

Pre-calculus courses have become increasingly popular with 35 percent of students in the U.S. taking the course in middle or high school. Often, completion of such a course is a prerequisite for calculus and other upper level mathematics courses.

*Pre-Calculus For Dummies*is an invaluable resource for students enrolled in pre-calculus courses. By presenting the essential topics in a clear and concise manner, the book helps students improve their understanding of pre-calculus and become prepared for upper level math courses.

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Four practice exams in Calculus AB and four more in Calculus BC, modified to reflect the new exam format

All test questions answered with solutions explained

A detailed subject review covering topics for both exams

Advice to students on efficient use of their graphing calculators

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- Interactive exercises:
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You may not realize it, but you're smarter than you think you are. The problem is that assigned textbooks give exhaustive explanations of every proof and theorem in Calculus. But too many details can impair learning - especially when you're learning... more

**The only way to learn algebra is to do algebra problems. A lot of them. Sorry!**

And that's what you get here--more algebra problems than your worst nightmare--but with a BIG difference. I've been through the whole book and made a ton of notes, so you get...

* Really detailed answers (no more skipped steps)

* Extra explanations that make what's baffling perfectly clear

* Pointers to other problems that show skills you need

With a thousand problems, all of the major players are here: linear equations and inequalities, polynomials,... more

This highly useful text shows the reader how to formulate a partial differential equation from the physical problem... more

**Prepare for calculus the smart way, with customizable pre-calculus practice**

*1,001 Pre-Calculus Practice Problems For Dummies*offers 1,001 opportunities to gain confidence in your math skills. Much more than a workbook, this study aid provides pre-calculus problems ranked from easy to advanced, with detailed explanations and step-by-step solutions for each one. The companion website gives you free online access to all 1,001 practice problems and solutions, and you can track your progress and ID where you should focus your study time. Accessible on the go by smart phone, tablet,... more

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**The world's greatest mental mathematical magician takes us on a spellbinding journey through the wonders of numbers (and more)**

**"Arthur Benjamin ... joyfully shows you how to make nature's numbers dance."--Bill Nye (the science guy)**

*The Magic of Math*is the math book you wish you had in school. Using a delightful assortment of examples-from ice-cream scoops and poker hands to measuring mountains and making magic squares-this book revels in key mathematical fields including arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and calculus, plus Fibonacci numbers,... more

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*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... more

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**Don't have time to read the top Calculus books of all time? Read Shortform summaries.**

Shortform summaries help you learn 10x faster by:

- Being comprehensive: you learn the
**most important points in the book** - Cutting out the fluff: you focus your time on what's important to know
- Interactive exercises:
**apply the book's ideas to your own life**with our educators' guidance.

Got a grasp on the terms and concepts you need to know, but get lost halfway through a problem or, worse yet, not know where to begin? Have no fear! This hands-on guide focuses on helping you solve the many types of calculus problems you encounter in a focused, step-by-step manner. With just enough refresher explanations before each set of problems, you'll sharpen your skills and improve your performance. You'll see how to work with limits, continuity, curve-sketching, natural logarithms, derivatives, integrals,... more

**This text is designed for the single-variable component of a three-semester or four-quarter calculus course (math, engineering, and science majors).**Calculus hasn't changed, but your students have. Today's students have been raised on immediacy and the desire for relevance, and they come to calculus with varied mathematical backgrounds.

**Thomas' Calculus, Twelfth Edition**, helps your students successfully generalize and apply the key ideas of calculus through clear and precise explanations, clean design, thoughtfully chosen examples, and superior exercise sets. Thomas offers the... more

With this background, the reader is ready to learn a... more

*Bulletin of The American Mathematical Society*

Written with exceptional lucidity and care, this concise text offers a rigorous introduction to finite differences and difference equations-mathematical tools with widespread applications in the social sciences, economics, and psychology.

The exposition is at an elementary level with little required in the way of mathematical background beyond some facility with standard algebraic techniques and the essentials of trigonometry. Moreover, the author explains when needed... more

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*CliffsQuickReview Calculus*can help. This guide covers calculus topics such as limits at infinity, differential rules, and integration by parts. You'll also tackle other concepts, including

Differentiation of inverse trigonometric functions

Distance, velocity, and... more

Books in Barron's new

*E-Z*series are enhanced and updated editions of Barron's older, highly popular

*Easy Way*books. New cover designs reflect the... more

*Vector Calculus*helps students gain an intuitive and solid understanding of this important subject. The book's careful account is a contemporary balance between theory, application, and historical development, providing it's readers with an insight into how mathematics progresses and is in turn influenced by the natural world. less

Also available for "Glencoe Precalculus" is a complete technology suite that contains an online student edition, online teacher edition, Interactive Classroom, and "ExamView(R) Assessment... more

**Don't have time to read the top Calculus books of all time? Read Shortform summaries.**

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**most important points in the book** - Cutting out the fluff: you focus your time on what's important to know
- Interactive exercises:
**apply the book's ideas to your own life**with our educators' guidance.