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In this article, Armand Borel writes the following:

[...] In fact, during the next quarter century, we experienced a tremendous development of pure mathematics, bringing solutions of one fundamental problem after the other, unifications, etc., but during all that time,] there was in some quarters some whining about the dangers of the separation between pure math and applications to sciences, and how the great nineteenth century mathematicians cultivated both (conveniently ignoring some statements by none other than Gauss which hardly support that philosophy. [...]

Question: what statements by Gauss could he have meant?

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Not really a mathematics question. – lhf May 17 '12 at 13:47

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