Richard Feynman wrote about mathematics being the language of physics. Why? Because of its density and precision. I don't remember where I read it and a quick Google search turned up only this, so I'll just paraphrase his ideas as I remember them.
Let's say you want to express Newton's Law of gravity in words. I'm not sure how this was originally done because it was written in bloody Latin:
|Inventing Calculus in a dead language, not too shabby|
But Robert Hooke, who claimed to have scooped Newton, originally described it as such:
the Attraction always is in a duplicate proportion to the Distance from the Center Reciprocall, and Consequently that the Velocity will be in a subduplicate proportion to the Attraction and Consequently as Kepler Supposes Reciprocall to the Distance.Say what?
Here's Newton's law of gravitation in mathematical form, as I learned it:
Clean, simple and timeless. Unless multiplication and division are revoked, this formula ain't going anywhere. Sure it might not be be 100% accurate in a relativistic Universe, but it touches upon a Platonic truth.
There's a time and a place for most words. Nuance and poetry have their rightful spot in the human experience, scholars will forever be trying to interpret Shakespeare in a game of pin the bare bobkin on the heroine. But using big words to obfuscate a logical point is simply bullshitting.
The scary thing is, I'm pretty sure these people tossing around heavy meaningless phrases have no idea how divorced they are from actual logic and reason.