by John Aziz
If one thing has changed in the last one hundred years in economics it has been the huge outgrowth in the usage of mathematics:
[…] This is largely a bad development, for a number of reasons.
First of all layers of mathematics acts as a barrier to public understanding. While mathematics is a useful language for communicating complex ideas, those without training in mathematics will struggle to grasp what an author is trying to communicate if a paper consists mostly of equations untranslated into English. This is bad practice; it is easier to baffle with bullshit in an unfamiliar language than it is in plain English.