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Introduction xv World War I allies, he had to drum up attendance. This he did by defining mathematics as broadly as possible and as inclusively as possible—including talks on actuarial science and statistics, forestry, astronomy, mechanics, ballistics, naval architecture, economics, radiotelegraphy, geophysics, aeronautics, mining engineering, and the aurora borealis, to mention only a few. His broad definition of pure and applied mathematics corresponds closely to the vision of the founders of the Fields Institute and of those who have followed the trail of mathematical research wherever it has led over the past quarter century.