Sorry, those weren't meant to be serious replies. Just humorous puns.

There is no good serious reply to your question because I don't believe it is generally true that chemists are weak at math. In fact, to become a chemist you have to complete a year of Calculus. You have to take Physical Chemistry which is applied calculus. And you have to take Statistics.

But formulators do not have to use much math beyond calculating percentages of ingredients and working out the statistics of a market research study. So that could be a reason that you don't see a lot of brilliant math coming from cosmetic chemists.

Different Chemists uses math to different degrees. If you were to find a physical chemist, a quantum chemist, an analytical chemist or computational chemist, you would find some chemists who know a great deal of math.

And while these subjects focus on the mathematics behind chemistry, all chemists need to know some level of these subjects.

Basically, calling chemists bad at math is wrong and overgeneralizing.

Granted most synthesis chemists use less specific math on an everyday basis, but they need to have a grasp of the underlying math in order to do their job properly.

Formulating chemists have to use even less math, but need a better grasp on the interaction of various ingredients innately - every subject requires different levels. And if you dig deeper into cosmetic chemistry than most cosmetic chemists need to, there is actual math to find as the systems are thermodynamic by nature. Stokes Equation, Derjjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek theory, The Hagen-Poiseulle equation. These and many more are used by cosmetic chemists on a practical and empirical level.

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I use Math on a daily basis. One of my undergrad courses was actually on Pharmaceutical Calculations. I think this is simply a peek at some of the value a formal education can bring.

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Different Chemists uses math to different degrees. If you were to find a physical chemist, a quantum chemist, an analytical chemist or computational chemist, you would find some chemists who know a great deal of math.

And while these subjects focus on the mathematics behind chemistry, all chemists need to know some level of these subjects.

Basically, calling chemists bad at math is wrong and overgeneralizing.

Granted most synthesis chemists use less specific math on an everyday basis, but they need to have a grasp of the underlying math in order to do their job properly.

Formulating chemists have to use even less math, but need a better grasp on the interaction of various ingredients innately - every subject requires different levels. And if you dig deeper into cosmetic chemistry than most cosmetic chemists need to, there is actual math to find as the systems are thermodynamic by nature. Stokes Equation, Derjjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek theory, The Hagen-Poiseulle equation. These and many more are used by cosmetic chemists on a practical and empirical level.

Sorry, those weren't meant to be serious replies. Just humorous puns.

There is no good serious reply to your question because I don't believe it is generally true that chemists are weak at math. In fact, to become a chemist you have to complete a year of Calculus. You have to take Physical Chemistry which is applied calculus. And you have to take Statistics.

But formulators do not have to use much math beyond calculating percentages of ingredients and working out the statistics of a market research study. So that could be a reason that you don't see a lot of brilliant math coming from cosmetic chemists.

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The premise of the original question is based on a false assumption ... that most Chemists are weak in Math. An overgeneralization based on a false assumption. It's like asking "Why are all foreigners weaks in Englishs"?

What exactly does any of this have to do with cosmetic chemistry anyhow?

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Maybe because it's too basic

or maybe because we only use math periodically.

or maybe because our calculators Argon

There is no good serious reply to your question because I don't believe it is generally true that chemists are weak at math. In fact, to become a chemist you have to complete a year of Calculus. You have to take Physical Chemistry which is applied calculus. And you have to take Statistics.

But formulators do not have to use much math beyond calculating percentages of ingredients and working out the statistics of a market research study. So that could be a reason that you don't see a lot of brilliant math coming from cosmetic chemists.

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Do you know how many years a literary needs to learn mathematics

What exactly does any of this have to do with cosmetic chemistry anyhow?

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I had to take the same math classes as engineers did at my school to get my chemistry degree, I don't think math is a weak point for me at all.