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Hello! Does anyone know who said this?

I believe the quote goes, "If you can not explain something simply, then you do not fully understand it." Thanks for the input!

[This message was edited by thenostromo on 02-20-07 at 09:33 AM.]
 
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"The physicist Ernest Rutherford once said, in essence, that if you can't explain a result in simple, nontechnical terms, then you really don't understand it. He wasn't saying that this means your result is wrong; rather, he was saying that it means you do not fully understand its origin, meaning, or implications."
~Source: Greene, Brian "The Elegant Universe"
Vintage Books, Random House, Inc. New York, 2000
p. 203

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Smile Thanks very much!
 
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The recently published Yale Book of Quotations (Yale University Press) has the following quote:

If you can't explain your physics to a barmaid, it is probably not very good physics.
Ernest Rutherford, Attributed in Journal of Advertising Research, Mar./Apr. 1998
 
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I found this quote attributed to Albert Einstein.

" If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough"
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000682D5G/102-3960774-8696107?v=glance&n=15684181

Google search

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