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pure science

noun

systematic observation of natural phenomena solely for the discovery of unknown laws relating to facts; the study of science alone, not including its relations to other subjects

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  • So I think it may be said that mechanics and osteology are pure science.

    Science and Education Thomas H. Huxley
  • pure science aims to convince the reason and the understanding alone.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • Such is the surprising effect of pure science when applied to love.

    The Galaxy Various
  • But man is rarely engaged in pure science, in solid thinking.

    Language Edward Sapir
  • The Twentieth Century will find room for pure science as well as for applied science and ingenious invention.

  • What people call applied science is nothing but the application of pure science to particular classes of problems.

    Science and Education Thomas H. Huxley
  • An infinite number of questions in pure science remain to be decided by means of research.

  • Indeed, if it were not so, there would be no utilitarian harvest from the cultivation of the field of pure science.

  • But the fact that liberties have been taken excludes the story from the catalogue of pure science.

    Monarch, The Big Bear of Tallac

    Ernest Thompson Seton
  • It would be pure science and patient calculation: an algebraical hippogriff, with pluck in the saddle.

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne

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