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Still true. Sadly it seems 6 year olds are much smarter than most adults, they actually try to understand things they dont already accept as true.

BTW the actual quote is "all physical theories, their mathematical expressions apart ought to lend themselves to so simple a description 'that even a child could understand them.' "

@zpartacoos As Einstein stated, the math itself is not explained to them. They wont be able to produce exact numbers.

That said they understand it enough to answer logical questions like if you give them a scenario and ask them what the time difference will be they will be able to tell you what clock is ahead of the other. They can actually describe how the situation will play out conceptually.

@freemo fair, I misunderstood the quote.

@zpartacoos I think some people think they learn better math first. But I think these people fail to truly understand the concepts, they are more like parrots applying patterns to things they dont understand.

The reason I say this is usually when you ask someone with a math-first understanding to reason about something they dont already have the math for, they fail, even if it is a simple and obvious logical extension to the principle. Its why so many PhDs are really poor at creating directly useful products.

A bit off topic here, but I'm more of a physical/learn-by-doing type of learner. When neither are an option, I find analogies and paraphrasing symbolism to be the best ways to convey concepts to me.

@freemo @lucifargundam @zpartacoos ideally the mathematical knowledge should be integrated with the concepts - unfortunately maths is taught as a specialisation rather than a critical component of thinking these days

once a division like that becomes part of the way we teach it's very hard to unstitch again

Spartaco Pรฉcora {๐ป๐ช โ ๐ฎ๐น}@zpartacoos@qoto.org@freemo when it comes to complex topics, sure, you can explain it to a 6 year old but that doesn't mean he/she will understand it. If she/he understood it you've probably had to dilute the idea to such a level that it can hardly count as complex anymore.