Nu är det bevisat att matematik kan få din forskning att uppfattas som bättre än den faktiskt är:
The nonsense math effect av Kimmo Eriksson, Judgment and Decision Making, Vol. 7, No. 6, November 2012, pp. 746–749
Participants were presented with the abstracts from two published papers (one in evolutionary anthropology and one in sociology). Based on these abstracts, participants were asked to judge the quality of the research. Either one or the other of the two abstracts was manipulated through the inclusion of an extra sentence taken from a completely unrelated paper and presenting an equation that made no sense in the context. The abstract that included the meaningless mathematics tended to be judged of higher quality. However, this "nonsense math effect" was not found among participants with degrees in mathematics, science, technology or medicine.
Notera sista meningen: det är med andra ord viktigt att kunna matematik för att inte bli omotiverat imponerad av en nonsensekvation! (tipstack till B Rothstein)