Question by Nightvision: How important is mathematical intuition in physics and other sciences?
I just feel like I don’t have that math “sense” that some people do, and I don’t just get math like some of the really smart people in my school.
However, I work really hard and I got top grades in Calculus AB and BC.
In classes like AP Physics C, I can also get top grades but I had to work really hard also.
I’m goin to UC Berkeley and I’m just worried that not having that math intuition will destroy me in universities and beyond. Please share some insights!
Answer by David N
Intuition is a no-no in the sciences!
Science is based on direct observation, constructing a theory to fit the facts and scientific proof.
All intuition is good for is coming up with a possible initial explanation…
If you can’t back it up, it isn’t science!
BIG difference between “intuition” and “aptitude.”
EDIT: I will concede the fact that intuition is necessary for theoretical science.
Most scientists are involved in applications, not theoretical postulations.
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