Pure Mathematics is concerned with the study of abstract objects and concepts, such as number, logic, geometry and algebra, which have fascinated mathematicians for millennia. One of the main motivations is a desire for truth, beauty and understanding, rather than specific or immediate applications. However, discoveries in Pure Mathematics have found fundamental applications in almost every area of science and technology, from the development of digital computers and the internet, to our understanding of the geometry of the universe.

Members of the Institute for Pure Mathematics at Bristol are conducting research at the highest level in a wide range of areas, including algebra, combinatorics, geometry, logic, number theory, set theory and topology. The Pure Institute also has strong connections and a natural overlap with research in the School’s Institute for Probability, Analysis and Dynamics, and the Institute for Mathematical Physics.