Quote: Jerry Pournelle on science writing

Jerry Pournelle, in A Step Farther Out ($2.99 on Kindle):

Science writers have a problem; how much detail do we include, and how technical can we get? After all, our first purpose is to entertain; if we can't do that, there's no point in writing a column or article for the general public. On the other hand, there's buried in most of us a frustrated teacher: we want the readers to understand and even to be able to work these things out for themselves.