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Pure maths vs. applied maths

  1. Pure Mathematics

    27 vote(s)
  2. Applied Mathematics

    16 vote(s)
  3. Both of the above

    8 vote(s)
  4. None of the above

    1 vote(s)
  1. Sep 30, 2006 #1
    hi, a poll has been going on about our favourite fields in mathematics. i decided to run a poll on broader topics, namely, pure mathematics and applied mathematics. which one do you guys prefer?
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  3. Oct 8, 2006 #2
    Which one do you prefer and why ?
  4. Oct 8, 2006 #3
    i prefer pure mathematics. i think its much more elegant and beautiful than applied mathematics. my feelings towards mathematics is a bit like that of Hardy's. :smile:
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  5. Oct 8, 2006 #4


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    I prefer math to physics personally
  6. Oct 8, 2006 #5
    I voted Applied Mathematics because the solutions are useful to me as a Physicist...
  7. Jan 27, 2011 #6
    physics is logic and real while math is just abstractits ture that physics needs math to solve a problem but life is physics
  8. Jan 27, 2011 #7


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    Although I am a pure mathematician, I have voted "both of them". I think both pure and applied mathematics have their inherent beauty. Pure mathematics is like a form of art, it's existence is justified by itself. While the beauty of applied mathematics lies in it's power to solve real problems.
  9. Jan 27, 2011 #8
    ^nice analysis. But things like the prime number spiral are the domain of pure math, so that is where my vote went.
  10. Jan 28, 2011 #9


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    Pure math is boring.

    Applied math is the world we live in, now that is interesting.
  11. Jan 28, 2011 #10


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    I like pure math to some degree, but I really like to see math applied in some sense. Pure math by itself is too much for me to bear.
  12. Jan 28, 2011 #11
    As was mentioned earlier by desA, I voted applied maths as I'm a physicist. Speculative maths has too much rigor and abstraction!
  13. Jan 29, 2011 #12
    That is why I like pure math. As far from life and all its messiness as possible.
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