>>8732781

>i disagree.

You don't get a choice. It's not a mystery, the meaning of the original comic is very clear. I'm going to quote the explain xkcd article for it here.

https://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/435:_Purity

>Now, mathematics has the classifications Pure mathematics (the maths you learned in school, and the subject of the field of maths,) and Applied mathematics (physics, chem, and so on.) Taking this to its logical extreme, the comic arranges the six scientific fields according to the Hierarchy of science, represented by a person on a chart of purity, saying that a field is 'more pure', than the fields depending on it.

Pure maths vs. applied maths is an important distinction for understanding what "field purity" means. You would NEVER call accounting pure maths. Accounting deals with actual instances of money in the real world. Pure maths deal with ABSTRACT objects like functions. There is no real world exponential function you can pick up and examine. It's the abstraction of a concept away from the real world instances that participate in it.

Engineering is all about application. You are completely misunderstanding the meaning of "field purity" by trying to see the discipline of practical, real world application as somehow MORE pure than other disciplines.