October 24, 2009

Einsteinisms II

Everything must be made as simple as possible. But not simpler.
                                          ~ Albert Einstein


Cindy Marsch said...

That's basically the concept of Occam's Razor (spelled "Ockham" in the more medieval way by my daughter who gave this name to her amazing powdery-gray kitten).

Lynn Bruce said...

Cindy, I had to go to Wikipedia and read up on that! Was familiar with the concept, but not the name for it. I like knowing the name of things, so thanks! I'm guessing that concept gets applied to elegant writing theory in your world?

My brother is a former economics professor turned full-time minister, and parsimony and economic theory definitely come through in his style of crafting a sermon. His points are always clean and elegant, with no bits of lint pilling off at the seams. Using Occam's razor in the pulpit is "a very wise and relieving thing to do"! (H/T to Milne.)

Here's the wiki page, btw: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occam's_Razor

Cindy Marsch said...

Actually, I only learned about it while Betsy was listening to the Medieval Philosophy course from Teaching Company last year. I'll get eddicated one of these days. ;-)