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Also called Mathematical Intelligence.  The capacity to perceive sequence, pattern and order; and to use these observations to explain, extrapolate and predict.




Solve logic puzzles.


Play chess.


Solve mathematical problems.


Find new and unusual things to calculate, estimate and measure.


See "Putting 2 + 2 together - Developing confidence in mathematics"




  • Chess.

  • Card games (esp. Solitaire-type).

  • Bridge.

  • Logic puzzles.

  • Collecting.

  • Information-gathering (e.g. train numbers).

  • Reading crime / detective novels.

  • Strategic computer games.

  • Computer programming.

  • Cricket scorer.

  • Fantasy Football organiser.

  • Stocks & shares

  • Knitting.

  • Model making (if also Physical).

  • Sequence dancing (if also Physical & Musical).

  • Sudoku puzzles





Logical and rational thinker.


Preference for definite answers.


Good at maths and science.


Problem solver.


Looks for patterns and links.




May be unwilling to compromise.


May demonstrate obsessive behaviours.




  • Accountant.

  • Bookmaker.

  • Financial services.

  • Auditor.

  • Statistician.

  • Computer programmer.

  • Engineer.

  • Electrician.

  • Project management.
  • Architect.
  • Quantity surveyor.
  • Insurance.
  • Logistics.
  • Detective.
  • Air traffic control.
  • Aviation.
  • Medicine.
  • Physicist.
  • Chemist.
  • Technology.
  • Telecommunications.





Make a (numbered) list of the topics to be studied and tick them off as they are dealt with.


Devise a revision timetable.


Ask lots of questions.


Make lists of important facts and figures.


Write notes in discrete paragraphs, each focusing on a specific area of study.






Dustin Hoffman's portrayal of "Rainman" is a classic example of the obsessive statistician and fact-gatherer. People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (and Asperger's Syndrome) would appear to have an excessively developed logical intelligence combined with under-developed personal intelligence(s).


Jedediah Buxton was able to work out complicated mental computations (such as 2139 = approx 726 thousand million million million million million), sometimes taking months, without upsetting his normal routines.


Paul Erdös was a brilliant mathematician - but depended on others for his domestic arrangements and never learned how to drive.


Einstein (physician & mathematician).


John von Neumann (mathematician)





Mathematical calculation and logical reasoning skills utilise more of the brain than any other activity, with a preference for the left parietal lobes, the temporal and occipital lobes and the association cortexes situated at the back of the brain.


Individuals with Gerstmann syndrome have considerable difficulty with basic arithmetic (as well as with recognising their fingers and distinguishing left from right).


The (adult) twins John and Michael (reported by Oliver Sacks) were able to memorise a 300-digit number after a single hearing. Additionally, they had a remarkable facility for calendrical calculation (being able to state on what day a particular date occurs). They were observed by Sacks playing a kind of game based on identifying prime numbers - which could be 15 digits in length.