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The prize that bears the name René Descartes acknowledges that science is rarely the preserve of a single brilliant mind in a single country. The sharing of ideas and means yields a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. His willingness to share his thoughts and explore relationships with his peers is a poignant metaphor for what the European Commission is trying to achieve with the prestigious yearly event, the Descartes Prize. Winning a Descartes Prize is not meant to compensate scientists financially for their hard work, but is a token of how the European Union appreciates cross-border scientific excellence and communication.

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Authors: No Author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21933 EN (2005), 43pp. Free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KI-NA-21933-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 92-79-00185-x
Record Number: 200618506 / Last updated on: 2006-02-23
Original language: en
Available languages: en