“It’s tempting to think of technical audiences and general audiences as completely different, but I think that no matter who you’re talking to, the principles of explaining things clearly are the same. The only real difference is which things you can assume they already know, and in that sense, the difference between physicists and the general public isn’t necessarily more significant than the difference between physicists and biologists, or biologists and geologists.

Whether I’m explaining things or solving problems for my own sake, I’m always looking for ways of looking at problems — mental models — that make the answers intuitively clear. Once I’ve hit on one of those, I just try to explain it as simply and clearly as I can, as if I’ve traveled back a few years in a time machine and I’m giving the executive summary to my past self to save me the trouble of working it out.”

Whether I’m explaining things or solving problems for my own sake, I’m always looking for ways of looking at problems — mental models — that make the answers intuitively clear. Once I’ve hit on one of those, I just try to explain it as simply and clearly as I can, as if I’ve traveled back a few years in a time machine and I’m giving the executive summary to my past self to save me the trouble of working it out.”

Randall Munroe

From interview “Randall Munroe Of xkcd Answers Our (Not So Absurd) Questions" at FiveThirtyEight

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