Well I have not started calculus yet but I am really keen to.

I would love if you suggest some books.Points to be noted:

- I really don’t like the way textbooks are written so please no “textbooks”
- I am COMPLETELY beginner in calculus. I know a little bit of trigonometry and what functions are but not really in depth.The book should start from the base, I mean really from the base. I may require a precalculus book too if the books don’t cover that.
- I would really love if the book shows how calculus was developed, why it was developed and things like that.
Well,thanks in advance!

**Answer**

If you want to learn calculus, you should ensure you have mastered material typically covered in a Precalculus course. And if you want to learn calculus, you’re going to have to have some sort of “textbook.” And some are better than others.

That said, a very nice supplement to a textbook is Michael Spivak’s

** A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Calculus**. It won’t replace a calculus textbook, but it really is great reading to understand calculus a bit more intuitively. And it outlines the development of Calculus, and the motivation for its development to some degree. You might enjoy this site that gives

**timeline of the history of calculus.**

I’ll also provide a link to the **Khan Academy**, where you can review pre-requisite material, and supplement your journey through Calculus with video lectures, practice problems, etc.

Finally, here is a link to **Paul’s Online Math Notes**. The link will take you to the Calculus I notes, but there’s a menu at the top of the page where you can select notes for algebra/precalculus. Paul’s Notes are really an instructive tutorial that allows you to proceed at your own pace, provides exercises, organizes the material into “modules” so you can work through and digest sub-sections/topics progressively.

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