exemplar of both
* Abstract beauty; and
* Astounding practicality.
Answer by Alan Bustany:
Does mathematics have any value without real-life application?Does anything have a value without real-life application? Does
- Musicor any of a million topics of interest to human beings?I guess you could have a philosophy that values nothing but real-life applications (whatever that really means) but that would probably be a rather empty philosophy. In most "real-life" philosophies, however, human achievements of all sorts are valued, and Mathematics would often appear as an exemplar of both
- Abstract beauty; and
- Astounding practicality.So, yes, Mathematics is of value without real-life application, and it has a proverbial bucket-load of real-life applications to boot.