Recent years have seen a variety of workshops and sessions at professional meetings concerning the undergraduate teaching of mineralogy. These stem in part from concern that mineralogy courses must remain plainly relevant to today's problems and in part from a desire to ensure that we are teaching the subject as effectively as possible given the interests of today's students and the possibilities afforded by imaginative pedagogy and modern instrumentation. Perkins, the author of Mineralogy, is concerned that some courses and texts are seen as dry and do not present information in ways that help students learn. Indeed, the superb mineralogy texts that already exist may not be the most appropriate for all mineralogy courses. This book was written in an effort to provide a text that presents the subject in a more engaging manner, sacrificing some details but putting it in context and illustrating its relevance in our daily lives.