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    (Original post by davros)
    I fully agree in principle - although a lot of today's students seem to be confused by one notation (how many people on here talk about log x as being "the log times the x"?!).


    (And I learned my calculus from Calculus Made Simple before I even knew what an A level was )
    Calculus made Easy surely
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    (Original post by Old_Simon)
    Calculus made Easy surely
    I mean the old orange, yellow and black series of books - whatever happened to those? I had loads of them when I was younger
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    (Original post by davros)
    I mean the old orange, yellow and black series of books - whatever happened to those? I had loads of them when I was younger
    Heck I had forgotten those ! I never really got on with them at O level.
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    (Original post by Old_Simon)
    Heck I had forgotten those ! I never really got on with them at O level.
    I think they were a bit variable - different authors for one thing!

    the Calculus one was brilliant - it took me all the way from the basics through Taylor series to differential equations and partial differentiation.

    The standard Maths and New Mathematics titles were a bit dry if I remember.

    I used the German one extensively when I did O level and it was really helpful, but the corresponding French one didn't seem to go very far.

    Can't remember much of the others!
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    (Original post by davros)
    I used the German one extensively when I did O level and it was really helpful, but the corresponding French one didn't seem to go very far.
    They seem to be available still, but in a different format:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/French-Made-.../dp/0750602546

    I have a feeling that some of them were reworked for people with a shorter attention span.

    I have "German Made Simple" and "Russian Made Simple". They both follow the same format (man goes to country X on some kind of business, learns language step-by-step through the friendly natives that he meets). The German version goes all the way up to the subjunctive, but it looks like that (modern) French one doesn't, so maybe you're right about the difference in scope. The Russian one also strikes me a slightly more limited that the German one, but as the grammar isn't so similar, it's hard to compare.
 
 
 
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