Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 236) – Luis von Ahn

Luis Von Ahn

Luis von Ahn – Guatemalan Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University and Founder of Duolingo

“I was being unclear about what I was saying and I did not fully understand what I was trying to explain to [my PhD supervisor]. He would drill deeper and deeper and deeper until I realized that there was something that I didn’t have clear in my mind. He really taught me how to think deeply about things.

“When you understand something really deeply, you can explain it in a really short way. True understanding is when you are able to explain something so simply that almost anybody can understand it. That means you really understand it.”

— Luis von Ahn


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