Broadly speaking, **pure mathematics** is mathematics which studies entirely abstract concepts. From the eighteenth century onwards, this was a recognized category of mathematical activity, sometimes characterized as *speculative mathematics*, and at variance with the trend towards meeting the needs of navigation, astronomy, physics, engineering, and so on. Another insightful view put forth is that *pure mathematics is not necessarily applied mathematics*.

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