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Thomas' Calculus or Calculus : A Complete Course (Adams) ?

  1. Sep 30, 2011 #1

    I am a physics student and for our first year we have a choice of 2 books for calculas:

    Thomas' Calculas 12th edition
    George B. Thomas

    Calculus : A Complete Course 7th edition
    Robert A. Adams

    Our teacher says that Thomas' Calculas is simpler, and Amazon reviews for the previous versions of Calculus : A Complete Course say that it is overly simplified and dosen't explain proofs in full, so it is more suited for engineer majors; I don't know about the seventh edition. I have some background in Calculas as well (complex limits, riemann integrals, complex numbers, curves, Discrete Maths etc), but I still hate the words 'obviously' 'it is easy to understand that' etc.
    Science and math is based on proof, is it not?

    As Einstien once said: "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."

    Thanks in advance
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