Re: Explaining to a scientifically-innocent audience

Subject: Re: Explaining to a scientifically-innocent audience
From: "Christensen, Kent" <lkchris -at- sandia -dot- gov>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2000 08:47:25 -0700

re: Kim McGarghan reports: <<And I've heard it via Kurt Vonnegut, _Cat's
>Cradle_, almost literally "Any scientist who cannot explain himself to an
>8-year-old child is a charlatan.">>
re: A more modest variant is attributed to Einstein: "If you can't explain
it to an eight year old, you don't understand it yourself." (posted by Hans

These are both good thoughts, with which I concur ... but neither states "in
writing." They likely mean tech writers should be able to understand their
SMEs, however.

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