There is no evidence to support the claim that people who are good at Maths become our ancestors.

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There is no scientific evidence to support the claim that people who are good at Maths become our ancestors. The idea is a misconception and lacks factual basis. As a result, it is important to avoid perpetuating false claims and instead focus on the reality of how genetics and evolution work.

According to John Allen Paulos, a mathematics professor at Temple University, “A talent for mathematics is no guarantee of social or intellectual superiority or even of general competence.” Being good at Maths does not necessarily make someone better or more successful than others.

Interestingly, some of history’s greatest mathematicians did not have a direct impact on the gene pool. For example, the famous mathematician Isaac Newton did not have any children, so his mathematical abilities did not directly influence any offspring. Similarly, other brilliant mathematicians such as Leonhard Euler and Carl Friedrich Gauss also did not pass their mathematical abilities down to their descendants.

In fact, there is no direct correlation between a person’s mathematical abilities and their reproductive success. While intelligence may be a factor in attraction, it is far from the only one. Attraction is a complex phenomenon influenced by factors such as physical appearance, personality traits, and social status.

In summary, the notion that people who are good at Maths become our ancestors is a common misconception without any factual basis.

Table: Great mathematicians and their offspring

Mathematician | Children |
---|---|

Isaac Newton | No children |

Leonhard Euler | 13 children |

Carl Friedrich Gauss | 6 children |

Quote: “A talent for mathematics is no guarantee of social or intellectual superiority or even of general competence.” – John Allen Paulos, mathematician.

## Video answer to your question

This video discusses the debate between those who believe that mathematics is discovered, and those who believe that it is invented. The video provides examples of how mathematics has been used to solve problems in the real world.

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Interesting that none of the answers so far took teaching into account.

Many more humans are good at math because they were taught it than because they were able to figure out math all by themselves.

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**Is being good at math genetic?** Answer to this: BOSTON – Our ability to do math may lie in our genes. Looking at more than a thousand students in Chinese elementary schools, researchers identified genetic variants that were strongly linked to categories of mathematical and reasoning abilities.

Similarly one may ask, **Is math a gift from God?**

The short, unequivocal answer is yes. You can find an expanded answer in Colossians 1:16 : “For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible…all things were created through Him and for Him.” **The word ‘all’ includes math along with everything else God created.**

**Are some people naturally gifted at math?** Research from Johns Hopkins University suggests that some people are naturally good at math, whereas others may never be. For those who can count very well, there is something vaguely infuriating about doing business with (or even living with) people who can’t count past three.

**Why are some people really good at maths?**

Answer to this: **It comes down to what kind of exposure and experiences children have early in their lives**. Some parents see to it that their kids do more with numbers than others. They do more at home, they do more in social events, and they do more in school. These routine exposures make them appear good at math.

One may also ask, **Why do humans have mathematical abilities?** Answer to this: Maybe mathematical abilities characterize humans today because our ancestors who were good at making these kinds of calculations were less likely than were other ancestors to make smart decisions in social contexts and end up as winners in the game of reciprocal altruism in life.

**Why is math so important?** **Mathematics is a very human pursuit and has a history**. Learning about how the Indians created the number zero, or the ancient Egyptians came up with a formula to calculate the volumes of the pyramids they were building, might tickle the mathematical brain cells waiting to light up.

In this way, **Why have we evolved to be good at maths?** Indeed I believe we have all evolved to be good at mathematics as a species because, ultimately, maths is about understanding patterns. When we were faced with the chaos of the jungle, those who negotiated the environment best were those who had brains able to detect patterns.

**Does math make more money?** The response is: We are two researchers who study decision-making and how it relates to wealth and happiness. In a study published in November 2021, we found that, in general, people who are better at math make more money and are more satisfied with their lives than people who aren’t as mathematically talented.

**Are some people born good at math?**

This defense contains a troubling subtext: Some people are born good at math, some aren’t, and the speaker is the latter. This is simply untrue. In a conversation with Richard Dawkins, Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why: “If there’s any one subject that the greatest number of people say, ‘I was never good at insert a topic,’ it’s going to be math.

Similarly, **Why do humans have mathematical abilities?**

Maybe mathematical abilities characterize humans today because **our ancestors who **were **good at **making these kinds of calculations were less likely than were other **ancestors **to make smart decisions in social contexts and end up as winners in the game of reciprocal altruism in life.

Also question is, **Why have we evolved to be good at maths?**

Response: Indeed I believe we have all evolved to be good at mathematics as a species because, ultimately, maths is about understanding patterns. When we were faced with the chaos of the jungle, those who negotiated the environment best were those who had brains able to detect patterns.

Besides, **Why is math so important?** Mathematics is a very human pursuit and has a history. Learning about how the Indians created the number zero, or the ancient Egyptians came up with a formula to calculate the volumes of the pyramids they were building, might tickle the mathematical brain cells waiting to light up.