Dawson used his research leave to work on two books for the gifted student market:
Supplemental Mathematics for the Curious: Number Theory and
Supplemental Mathematics for the Curious: Number Systems. As the titles imply, these are not primary textbooks. Dawson's goal was to create a resource for advanced students who need extra challenges. He hopes these first two books lead to a series of titles "for the curious," and he says his research leave provided the time necessary to get started.
Dawson: "I learned through this time how to pace myself, how to go through the writing process for a book in a way that now I might be able to spend some summers writing additional books-which the publisher wants me to do."