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  1. #1 Michael Spivak's Calculus 
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    i downloaded this book from the interent, ( free ) , simply because i wanted to take a more thorough look in to the definition of calculus.

    but i just started and its just so dang hard..... Stuck on the Epilson- Delta definition..
    But strangely i was reading the same thing in Spivak's book, on wikipedia, and i seem to understand much more clearly..

    Just want to ask, what age would you recommend this book to? in general??


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    Quote Originally Posted by Heinsbergrelatz
    i downloaded this book from the interent, ( free ) , simply because i wanted to take a more thorough look in to the definition of calculus.

    but i just started and its just so dang hard..... Stuck on the Epilson- Delta definition..
    But strangely i was reading the same thing in Spivak's book, on wikipedia, and i seem to understand much more clearly..

    Just want to ask, what age would you recommend this book to? in general??
    Which book ? Spivak's ?

    Spivak's book is for anyone with the mathematical maturity and capability to understand the fundamentals of calculus -- not just symbol manipulation.


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    Michael Spivak- Calculus

    not just symbol manipulation.
    i agree with this, cause now im 16 and everything before i learned didnt really need intense work on how the mathematicians got to the answer or the formula if you may.I realized it was like this for most of the students in my level. Quite frankly, im actually not bad at maths, and not to brag or anything but i topped in my school, except once.
    So starting last year during holidays of course, im spending my time studying calculus rigorously. before when i learned integration, i had no idea what the specific concept was, but now i have the concept in my head and know why we integrate things, and its implications behind it(of course not 100% in my head).Now, the definition of derivatives and its implications seems much clearer thanks to this book.
    Also that series convergence question, i was actually looking at some past papers for the IB course(a course before entering University in most UK schools), and in that paper i have never seen that type of series question. But somehow i solved it, dont know how.. So i just wanted to know what convergence meant as it was a new term for me.
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