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Does anyone know of any mathematics that DOESN'T have practical applications?

By practical I mean physical, real world applications.

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Does anyone know of any mathematics that DOESN'T have practical applications?

By practical I mean physical, real world applications.

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Does physical and real-world include computer science?

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But I for one believe that some types of math are more "practical" than others, in that they are more directly applicable.

For instance, cryptography compared to Abstract Algebra.

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At my school, Abstract Algebra wasn't even a prerequisite for Cryptography, because they cherry-picked the Algebra you needed to know and retaught it as applicable. Courses like that I believe are about as applied as you can get in Mathematics departments...

Not that there's anything wrong with pure mathematics.

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Magic Squares? Rubiks cube?

Does anyone know of any mathematics that DOESN'T have practical applications?

By practical I mean physical, real world applications.

Apart from the application of novelty I'm not sure what utility they have.

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I'm not entirely convinced that a Rubik's cube is strictly an area of mathematics

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