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Definition of "pure mathematics" [pure mathematics]

  • Mathematics which is done for its own sake rather than being motivated by other sciences. (noun)

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Use "pure mathematics" in a sentence
  • "I consider pure mathematics as the science of, 1, Numbers, and 2, Measure in the abstract; that of numbers comprehending Arithmetic, Algebra and Fluxions; that of Measure (under the general appellation of Geometry), comprehending Trigonometry, plane and spherical, conic sections, and transcendental curves."
  • "Is he not the celebrated author of The Dynamics of an Asteroid, a book which ascends to such rarefied heights of pure mathematics that it is said that there was no man in the scientific press capable of criticizing it?"