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A discussion of the role of science and mathematics in the world today and the challenges they will face in the future. Consequences of the success of the mathematical method in the physical sciences are presented and the necessity for a definition of goals in science is emphasized. The premise is advanced that problems concerning humanity are an optimal challenge and that biology and medicine are the new frontiers of science. 10 pp.

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