"I did A level maths and a science degree at Cambridge I still don't know my tables and can't spell it is all a pointless waste of time!"
The above was posted by Jenny P a while ago. My question to Jenny and to all other scientists and engineers out there is this: How well does memorization of grade school arithmetic facts correlate to success in science?
After reading "In the Mind's Eye" by Thomas G. West, Parthenon Books 1997, I think if anything, there may be a negative correlation,. West shows us persons like Edison, Einstein, Maxwell, Tesla, Poincare, who were unable to do high school maths, yet made huge contributions in the field.