## Review: Calculus Reordered

Book title: **Calculus Reordered**: A History of the Big Ideas

Author : David M. Bressoud

Princeton University Press

Link to the book: Calculus Reordered: A History of the Big Ideas

Discussions on the history of different fields are usually dry, wordy and generally, when you are studying the field, hard to read. This is because they are usually geared towards the general audience, and in doing so most authors tend to strip away the very exciting technical details. I expected the same treatment from the author, but I was pleasantly surprised.

The book contains chapters, which are the following:

1) Accumulations

2) Ratios of Change

3) Sequences of Partial Sums

4) The Algebra of Inequalities

5) Analysis

Each of these chapters has a central theme that is being covered, but they are not at all disjoint. For instance, the last three contain the history of concepts that would normally be found in a first course for Real Analysis, while the first two are essentially the more applied spectrum to serve as some form of motivation for going through all this trouble, although they can certainly stand on their own.…