Originally Posted by Webbeardthepirate
But you don't need empathy or emotional maturity to understand science or mathematics, you just need some one to explain it to you and answer your questions.
True, however, maturity is not the only thing that broadens. In a sense that you cannot teach complex abstractions in trigonometry (for example: how i squared will always equal negative 1) as easily to thirteen year old as you could to a nineteen year old. This is because not only
does the emotional nature change in puberty, but the mind develops and can understand these aspects. Abstraction is what scientists thrive on; take for example, the thought of gravity or of the photon, or of tachyon waves - non of them are concrete, but they are all very real - a paradox, if you will.