Mathematics, as defined by W. W. Sawyer in his book “Prelude to Mathematics,” is the study of all possible patterns. With such a broad definition, it’s no wonder that the field of mathematics seems to have few boundaries and endless possibilities. From practical applications to abstract concepts, the study of math is an exhilarating and mind-expanding journey.

In “Prelude to Mathematics,” Professor Sawyer provides a clear and accessible introduction for anyone seeking to understand the mathematician’s cast of mind. With five preliminary chapters exploring the beauty, power, and mysticism of math, readers will gain a deeper appreciation for the importance of pattern, generalization, and unification in this fascinating field.