Does mathematics have any value without real-life application?

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
  • Sport
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Art
  • Literature
  • Egyptology
  • Philosophy
  • Music
or 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.

Does mathematics have any value without real-life application?

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