It's very difficult to inform

No they're not doing all they could, because if they stopped working on the science altogether and spent all their time trying to inform people what they just finished doing, then, of course, they would do more. Don't forget that they have a profession. Furthermore, that they went into this with the reason that they're interested in nature, and not in informing people. A lot of scientists have gone into science because they're not too interested in the relations of human beings. That is, that's not their central interest, so it becomes work to a certain extent to inform. That's not a fair answer, because there are all kinds of different kinds of people, and there are many fellows who want to inform. In fact, we all do, more or less. We inform our students; we teach. Whenever we get an opportunity to give lectures and so forth, we try to. It's very difficult to inform, because there's an enormous amount of information that's been gathered in the last two or three hundred years of science, and people are pretty ignorant of it. It takes a lot of patience to try to explain some of the things because they usually ask you what you are doing now. And what you're doing now is research on the very, very front edge of something that has a tremendous backlog of information and so forth for the last three hundred years of research. And it's very difficult to carry over the whole backlog to explain why that problem is interesting.

—Richard Feynman. "Interview with Richard P. Feynman for Viewpoint." Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track.

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