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Gilbert Strang, MIT

Copyright Year: 1991

ISBN 13: 9780961408824

Publisher: Wellesley-Cambridge Press

Language: English

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Reviewed by Yun Lu, Professor, Kuztown University on 5/16/19, updated 11/9/20

The textbook is well written and clearly organized. The content is comprehensive yet the textbook includes many examples and figures to help students understand the concepts. The index of important calculus tools at the end of the book provides a... read more

Reviewed by Yuyuan Ouyang, Assistant Professor, Clemson University on 2/1/18

The book is well written and covers both big pictures and technical details of materials in calculus. However, in the current PDF version the index seems to be missing. From the table of contents it seems that the index pages are supposed to be in... read more

Reviewed by Thu Le, Adjunct Instructor, University of North Texas on 4/11/17

The book was written very well. It covers all of important concepts in Calculus as well as related courses. The author provides real life examples to apply the concepts. read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Calculus
  • Chapter 2: Derivatives
  • Chapter 3: Applications of the Derivative
  • Chapter 4: The Chain Rule
  • Chapter 5: Integrals
  • Chapter 6: Exponentials and Logarithms
  • Chapter 7: Techniques of Integration
  • Chapter 8: Applications of the Integral
  • Chapter 9: Polar Coordinates and Complex Numbers
  • Chapter 10: Infinite Series
  • Chapter 11: Vectors and Matrices
  • Chapter 12: Motion along a Curve
  • Chapter 13: Partial Derivatives
  • Chapter 14: Multiple Integrals
  • Chapter 15: Vector Calculus
  • Chapter 16: Mathematics after Calculus

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About the Book

Published in 1991 by Wellesley-Cambridge Press, the book is a useful resource for educators and self-learners alike. It is well organized, covers single variable and multivariable calculus in depth, and is rich with applications.

Prof. Strang has also developed a related series of videos, Highlights of Calculus, on the basic ideas of calculus.

About the Contributors


Gilbert Strang was an undergraduate at MIT and a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford. His Ph.D. was from UCLA and since then he has taught at MIT. He has been a Sloan Fellow and a Fairchild Scholar and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Professor of Mathematics at MIT and an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College. Professor Strang has published eight textbooks. He was the President of SIAM during 1999 and 2000, and Chair of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics. He received the von Neumann Medal of the US Association for Computational Mechanics, and the Henrici Prize for applied analysis. The first Su Buchin Prize from the International Congress of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the Haimo Prize from the Mathematical Association of America, were awarded for his contributions to teaching around the world.