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Viewpoint: Yes, Mathematics Should Be Pursued for Its Own Sake, as Doing So Will Eventually Present Practical Benefits to Society.

The Nature and Role of Mathematics

Mathematics promotes social utility by enabling scientific advances that may ultimately result in new products, services, systems, or insights that make life better. The old slogan of E. I. du Pont de Nemours was "Better Things for Better Living Through Chemistry." The company that created nylon, Teflon, Lucite, and Freon could easily say that, but it must also be remembered that chemistry depends on mathematics. So does physics, biology, technology, and even medicine. The "better things" constitute scientific utility, or the products of applied science, and the "better living" is the social utility that emerges from applied science and ultimately from pure science, including mathematics.

Since the late seventeenth century, statistics...

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