Spivak's celebrated textbook is widely held as one of the finest introductions to mathematical analysis.
His aim is to present calculus as the first real encounter with mathematics: it is the place to learn how logical reasoning combined with fundamental concepts can be developed into a rigorous mathematical theory rather than a bunch of tools and techniques learned by rote.
Since analysis is a subject students traditionally find difficult to grasp, Spivak provides leisurely explanations, a profusion of examples, a wide range of exercises and plenty of illustrations in an easy-going approach that enlightens difficult concepts and rewards effort.
Calculus will continue to be regarded as a modern classic, ideal for honours students and mathematics majors, who seek an alternative to doorstop textbooks on calculus, and the more formidable introductions to real analysis.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 681 pages, 700 b/w illus.
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 08/06/2006
- Category: Calculus
- ISBN: 9780521867443
- Paperback / softback from £24.50