I am a freshman, mathematics. I have a presentation assignment for a class. I am expected to talk about the necessity of abstract sciences. The thesis I need to argue is the following: ''Some people are against some researches like space explorations because they find those just a waste of time and money.'' Indeed, even in movies we can see this, for instance ''Interstellar''. I have already prepared a speech in which I mention ''A Mathematician's Apology'' by Hardy. There is also some information from sources like NASA about why we should explore space.
Personally, I believe that humankind has much more to do than just surviving, and so we need science that is not necessarily "applicable" in the narrow sense. But I feel like I need some historical sources discussing the role of "pure" mathematics and science, like the Hardy's book. Are there other such sources? Were there historical episodes when society or a subset of society turned against scientists because their science was "inapplicable"? How did scientists respond? Any help would be appreciated.