My experience in the future would prove me right in the long run. If you think about it, the best businesses are those with a creative person at the helm. Those with ideas, foresight and vision. It doesn't mean maths isn't important, just that it should never take the lead. Think of the innovative businessmen like Branson and Dyson, their products are design led. Get that right and the money follows. Richard Branson once admitted that he didn't know the difference between gross profit and net profit! You see, it doesn't matter, you just employ a bean counter.
Brunel designed the widest, flattest brick arch bridge in the world, the Maidenhead Railway Bridge. Mathematicians and computer technology will tell you that this structure is physically impossible but Brunel had the audacity to design and build it. It still stands some 175 years later defying the maths. This triumph of design and engineering was celebrated in Turner's evocative painting Rain, Steam and Speed.
Everything you own started with an idea and a drawing; your house, your car, your furniture, your... well, every single product you buy. Maths is only a confirmation of the validity and functionality of the design.
Fine art is more about bringing pleasure and an inner feeling of calm and tranquility. We all need to escape our humdrum daily existence occasionally and this is something that only the arts can bring. Whether it is music, the theatre or works of art, we all need that freedom of expression. So, next time someone tells you art is not important, you are probably looking at your bank manager.
I don't know what Brian's doing now, probably something dull like an accountant or teacher, but let's hope that he can appreciate the beauty and aesthetic value of something well designed, excellently crafted or masterfully painted and that he spends some of his earnings on works of art to bring a bit of balance to his life.
What are you 'artist' or 'accountant'? Let us know.