Michael David Spivak is a mathematician specializing in differential geometry, an expositor of mathematics, and the founder of Publish-or-Perish Press. He is the author of the five-volume Comprehensive Introduction to Differential Geometry. He received a Ph.D. from Princeton University under the supervision of John Milnor in 1964.

His book Calculus takes a very rigorous and theoretical approach to introductory calculus. It is used in calculus courses, particularly those with a pure mathematics emphasis, at many universities.

Spivak's book Calculus on Manifolds (often referred to as little Spivak) is also rather infamous as being one of the most difficult undergraduate mathematics textbooks.

Michael Spivak is the author of books: Calculus, Calculus On Manifolds: A Modern Approach To Classical Theorems Of Advanced Calculus, A Comprehensive Introduction to Differential Geometry, Vol. 1, The Hitchhiker's Guide to Calculus, A Comprehensive Introduction to Differential Geometry, Volume 3, A Comprehensive Introduction to Differential Geometry, Volume 2, A Comprehensive Introduction to Differential Geometry, Volume 5, A Comprehensive Introduction to Differential Geometry, Volume 4, Answer Book to Calculus, Physics for Mathematicians: Mechanics I

#

Title

Description

01

02

This little book is especially concerned with those portions of ”advanced calculus” in which the subtlety of the concepts and methods makes rigor difficult to attain at an elementary level. The approach taken here uses elementary versions of modern methods found in sophisticated mathematics. The formal prerequisites include only a term of linear algebra, a nodding acquaintance with the notation of set theory, and a respectable first-year calculus course (one which at least mentions the least upper bound (sup) and greatest lower bound (inf) of a set of real numbers). Beyond this a certain (perhaps latent) rapport with abstract mathematics will be found almost essential.