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A very popular quote attributed to Albert Einstein but did he really say it? If so, what is the original document containing the original explanation of it?

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I thought it was Richard Feynman, but maybe not: en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Talk:Richard_Feynman#Teaching_quote –  Andrew Grimm Apr 3 '12 at 6:14
@AndrewGrimm He apparently says the contrary as this quote seems to be atributed to him: "If I could explain it to the average person, I wouldn't have been worth the Nobel Prize." imdb.com/name/nm0275509/bio –  Renan Apr 3 '12 at 20:04
@Renan: He said both, in different contexts. He was asked for a brief quote of what he won the Nobel for, and he said if it could be summarized in a sentence, it wouldn't be worth the prize. But when asked to explain the spin-statistics theorem in an undergraduate lecture in the 1960s-1970s (don't know when) he said he couldn't reduce it to the undergraduate level, so we don't understand it well enough. This seems to have motivated his 1986 Dirac lecture on the spin-statistics theorem. –  Ron Maimon Apr 6 '12 at 2:47
It would be quite amazing if Einstein said anything at all in the 60's being that he died in the 50's! You seem to be refering to Feynman, however I do believe it is an Einstein quote. –  user9112 Nov 4 '12 at 6:04
seems somewhat inconsistent with another quote attributed to Einstein, that "everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler", which perhaps implies that not everything should be expected to be simple. –  Dikran Marsupial Sep 18 '13 at 17:57
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