I’m going to follow up with a couple of book reviews, but I think the following taken from Cathy O’Neil’s brilliant Weapons of Math Destruction deserves sharing widely.
I will remember that I didn’t make the world, and it doesn’t satisfy my equations.
Though I will use models to estimate value, I will not be overly impressed by mathematics.
I will never sacrifice reality for elegance without explaining why I have done so.
Nor will I give the people who use my model false comfort about its accuracy. Instead, I will make explicit its assumptions and oversights.
I understand that my work may have enormous effects on society and the economy, many of them beyond my comprehension.
It’s not perfect, but it’s a good place to start