1. Use mathematics as a shorthand language rather than as an engine of inquiry

2. Keep to them [your models/problems] till you have them done

3. Translate to english

4. Illustrate with examples important to real life

5. Burn the mathematics

6. If you can’t succeed in 4, burn 3

Alfred Marshall’s rules for using mathematics in economics.

(via fantasticphenomenal)

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