Why Isn't There a Nobel Prize in Mathematics?
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Peter Ross  
Ross writes that Garding and Hormander state, "The true answer to the question (of the title) is that, for natural reasons, the thought of a prize in mathematics never entered Nobel's mind." Nobel's final will of 1895 bequeathed $9,000,000 for a foundation whose income would support five annual prizes in physics, chemistry, medicinephysiology, literature, and peace. Four of the original five prizes were in fields that were close to Nobel's own interests, medicine being the exception. Previously published in Math Horizons.  


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