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The Absurdly Artificial Divide Between Pure and Applied Research - Olivia Judson Blog

Source: judson.blogs.ny Posted By: jw2000 3499 days ago

The snobbish idea that pure science is in some way superior to applied science dates to antiquity, when Plutarch says of Archimedes: “Regarding the business of mechanics and every utilitarian art as ignoble and vulgar, he gave his zealous devotion only to those subjects whose elegance and subtlety are untrammeled by the necessities of life.”

The reality appears to have been quite different, as Archimedes was not just the greatest mathematician of the ancient world, but also a clever inventor....

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