© 1979

Calculus: An Historical Approach


Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics book series (UTM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. William McGowen Priestley
    Pages 1-27
  3. William McGowen Priestley
    Pages 28-49
  4. William McGowen Priestley
    Pages 50-77
  5. William McGowen Priestley
    Pages 78-107
  6. William McGowen Priestley
    Pages 108-147
  7. William McGowen Priestley
    Pages 148-193
  8. William McGowen Priestley
    Pages 194-244
  9. William McGowen Priestley
    Pages 245-298
  10. William McGowen Priestley
    Pages 299-351
  11. William McGowen Priestley
    Pages 352-375
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 376-443

About this book


This book is for students being introduced to calculus, and it covers the usual topics, but its spirit is different from wh at might be expected. Though the approach is basically historical in nature, emphasis is put upon ideas and their place-not upon events and their dates. Its purpose is to have students to learn calculus first, and to learn incidentally something about the nature of mathematics. Somewhat to the surprise of its author, the book soon became animated by a spirit of opposition to the darkness that separates the sciences from the humanities. To fight the speil of that darkness anything at hand is used, even a few low tricks or bad jokes that seemed to offer a slight promise of success. To lighten the darkness, to illuminate some of the common ground shared by the two cultures, is a goal that justifies almost any means. It is possible that this approach may make calculus more fun as weil. Whereas the close ties of mathematics to the sciences are weil known, the ties binding mathematics to the humanities are rarely noticed. The result is a distorted view of mathematics, placing it outside the mainstream of liberal arts studies. This book tries to suggest gently, from time to time, where a kinship between mathematics and the humanities may be found.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsThe University of the SouthSewaneeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Calculus: An Historical Approach
  • Authors W.M. Priestley
  • Series Title Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1979
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-90349-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4684-9351-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4684-9349-8
  • Series ISSN 0172-6056
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 0
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Analysis
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