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Can someone with superior visual spatial thinking ability but weak sequential/word ability be successful in university maths and beyond?

For example, for real analysis, would definitions with lots of symbols and complex sentences be difficult to understand?

Is it true that someone who are both strong sequentially and visually have best potential to be a good mathematician?

also, what branches of maths would be best suited to very spatially oriented person?

edit: please note that I'm talking about someone who has poor sequential ability. Not just someone who are strong in both but more visiospatially oriented.

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if you are young "training" is the key... but if you are old... the same: "training" –  janmarqz Feb 13 at 2:06

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As for the first question: Most of the powerful tools we have nowadays are algebraic, and not visual. However some tools like euclidean geometry or calculus do benefit from spacial thinking.

Of course someone who is good at spacial and sequencing would be better off, but that may be obvious.

However I believe it is a matter of practice, having great spacial ability is certainly a good tool in mathematics, and you would benefit even more from it if you tried to improve the other parts also.

Edit: Also maths are getting more and more intertwined every day. So mabye your great spacial skill can be keen to solve a combinatorics problem. While complex analysis can be useful for you geometry problems.

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