People Who Are Good At Math Are More Creative!

Among all the most popular myths of the world, one is “creative people are bad in math”.

Hello, I don’t know who told you this but you have some wrong information. Creative people aren’t bad at Mathematics at all. In fact, people who are good at math are more creative. Generally, people confuse creativity with “creative people” with “artists” and so on. Creativity is not limited to artists or graphic designers. Creativity is needed in every branch and industry. Only creativity brings us innovation.

If you are a scientist, you have to come up with creative ways of designing new experiments or theories to explain the world. If you are an engineer you have to be creative to make things work. If you are a programmer, then code can be written in so many creative ways that may all be good, elegant, and perform the task, but still be very different from each other.

Same with mathematics: math is not just a concept that is rigid as you may have experienced it in school, where you learned fixed methods, but somebody had to come up with those methods, right? There are many problems that mathematicians are working on that have not yet been molten into formulas but require creativity to solve problems of the world.

Igor Stravinsky once said:

The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one’s self. And the arbitrariness of the constraint serves only to obtain precision of execution.

The thing is, in math, you get some very basic (and possibly very arbitrary) constraints—the axioms—and from those grow an entire universe of constraints that you can’t even predict in advance.

Every single proof that’s ever been published has been imagined, constructed in a mathematician’s imagination from those constraints and their intellect. Built from the foundations of math upward, and inspired in design from intuition and cleverness downward.

So, from now you can say Mathematics is nothing but creativity”.

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