For people baffled as to how scientists and mathematicians come up with such novel ideas, a new study suggests they are higher on the autism spectrum making them far better at logical thinking and seeing the bigger picture.
New research which tested nearly 500,000 people for autism traits and compared it to their jobs found those in involved in STEM professions (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) have more autistic traits.
Autistic traits are not the same as having a diagnosis of autism; instead, these are characteristics of personality and behaviour that are found throughout the general population and are linked to what is seen in the clinical condition of autism.
All Simon Baron Cohen all over again. Men are more likely to be on that autistic spectrum (about 10:1) and being in STEM correlates with being on the spectrum (a bit: that is, with being a bit on the spectrum, not correlates a bit).
And thus is our gender imbalance among techies explained. Nerds and geeks tend to be male. Thus those employed as nerds and geeks tend to be male.