James Stewart, author of the calculus textbooks many of us either loved or loved to hate, has died. [source]
I remember going through my oldest brother's copy of the book. It was the first edition of Stewart's Calculus. I still have the book and it was on my bookshelf until 3 months ago, when I sold my house and boxed it up.
I was 12 years old when I first started working through it. At the time I was annoyed with my school's Math curriculum (which was also in French...which I struggled with). The book was both a reprieve and a Mathematical revelation to me.
As I got older and further into the book I didn't particularly care for Stewart's approach to Calculus. But it did help spark my interest in Mathematics as a teenager. Looking back now 24 years later, as a mature student studying Mathematics, Stewart's Calculus is part of the equation that brought me to where I am today--entering my last semester of study at Mount Allison University, about to graduate with an Honours Mathematics degree.