+0
Hi

Please help me to understand the quote below by Einstein. Perhaps, he is saying that there is a limit how simple something could be made and when you try to cross that limit you start messing up it. Do I have it right? Please let me know. Thank you.

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
+0
Yes, but the stress, I think, is on making things simple. 'But not simpler' seems to me to be a rather jocular logical addendum.
+0
Jackson6612there is a limit how simple something could be made and when you try to cross that limit you start messing up it. Do I have it right?
I believe so. It seems to me that I read something about this quote in a philosophy of science class about a million years ago, and the point was that explanations can do more harm than good if they are too simple, that is, an explanation that oversimplifies the phenomenon to be explained is worse than no explanation at all. We may agree or disagree with the idea, but that is apparently what Dr. Einstein intended to say, at least as well as I can recollect from the discussion from so long ago.

CJ
Try out our live chat room.
Comments  
Thank you.
 CalifJim's reply was promoted to an answer.
Teachers: We supply a list of EFL job vacancies
Thank you for the input, CJ.

CalifJimat least as well as I can recollect from the discussion from so long ago.
Would you please tell me in what sense you used the phrase "as well as "? It could be used as a preposition or conjunction. But to me the senses given by the M-W don't fit here. It seems to me as if you were something like "at least as correctly as possible I can recollect from...". Please help me to understand the use here. Thank you.