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Scientific excellence is paramount for Europe to succeed in the competitive environment of international research and scientific development. But is this such a new concept? Actually, no. Much of Europe�s prosperity has indeed been based on its ability to harness the potential of knowledge. René Descartes (1596-1650) - the world-famous philosopher, mathematician and scientist - understood the power of knowledge over 350 years ago. The prize that bears his name 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 Prizes. 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 science communication.

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Authors: No Author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 22420 EN (2007), 39 pp. Free of charge
Availability: Katalogue Number: KI-NA-22420-EN-C The paper version can be ordered online and the PDF version downloaded at:
ISBN: ISBN: 978-92-79-04903-3
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