Friday, May 8, 2015

Now in Print! The Heart of Calculus

The Heart of Calculus: Explorations and Applications
Philip M. Anselone and John W. Lee
List Price: $60.00 | MAA Member Price: $48.00

This book contains enrichment material for courses in first and second year calculus, differential equations, modeling, and introductory real analysis. It targets talented students who seek a deeper understanding of calculus and its applications. The book can be used in honors courses, undergraduate seminars, independent study, capstone courses taking a fresh look at calculus, and summer enrichment programs. The book develops topics from novel and/or unifying perspectives. Hence, it is also a valuable resource for graduate teaching assistants developing their academic and pedagogical skills and for seasoned veterans who appreciate fresh perspectives.

The explorations, problems, and projects in the book impart a deeper understanding of and facility with the mathematical reasoning that lies at the heart of calculus and conveys something of its beauty and depth. A high level of rigor is maintained. However, with few exceptions, proofs depend only on tools from calculus and earlier. Analytical arguments are carefully structured to avoid epsilons and deltas. Geometric and/or physical reasoning motivates challenging analytical discussions. Consequently, the presentation is friendly and accessible to students at various levels of mathematical maturity. Logical reasoning skills at the level of proof in Euclidean geometry suffice for a productive use of the book.

There are 16 chapters in the book, divided about equally between pure and applied mathematics. The first three chapters are on fundamentals of differential calculus and the last three are on the monumental discoveries of Newton and Kepler on celestial motion and gravitation. The intervening chapters present significant topics in pure and applied mathematics chosen for their intrinsic interest, historical influence, and continuing importance. There is great flexibility in the choice of which chapters to cover and the order of coverage because chapters are essentially independent of each other.

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