Understanding an Idea


“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough” – Albert Einstein


Ever since I read this quote a long time back, I’ve constantly kept this idea at the back of my mind. I find this saying beautiful as the essence of all of Einstein’s ideas would always be summed up in a very simplistic manner. Take for example the famous E=MC² formula which elegantly explained the idea of energy-mass equivalence for all Baryonic(ordinary) matter within our universe.

So why does this quote from Einstein concern all of us?

It concerns us since it compels us to think about what we are trying to convey in order to find the most simplistic and effective way of communicating our message. Otherwise, our communications become long-winded discussions where the intent gets drowned out somewhere within the message. Moreover, this idea from Einstein is important because it drives us to gain a firm understanding behind the idea that we’re trying to convey; the better we understand an idea, the easier it becomes to deliver it in a concise and simple way.

The next time you’re trying to explain something to someone or if someone is trying to explain something to you, please think about this quote from Einstein to realize the simplistic essence of the idea.

Thank you reading.


2 Replies to “Understanding an Idea”

  1. I’ve long appreciated this quote as well. I think it’s power goes beyond what you’ve described, and also it’s value in current discourse. For there is so much we do not think through anymore, to make the underlying concepts our own. So much we take as simply surface infor — which is really just garbage/clutter, though we imagine them as comprehended facts. 🙂


    1. That’s right, people don’t take the time to deeply understand what a specific idea really means. Einstein’s idea of understanding really did capture this beautifully as it shows our depth of knowledge when explaining an idea.


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