ematics simply emerged from the inner workings of the human brain, without the direct influence of external reality. However, many of the finest moments of pure and applied mathematics have arisen in response to humankind’s quest to understand the physical world. The committee believes that the 21st century’s intensifying quest to understand the living world will provide an equally rich stimulus for future triumphs.
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