I want to invite you to be a part of a communication experiment. The world is full of ideas and concepts that we use and discuss everyday but that most of us have very little understanding of. For example, most of us probably don't know what a 'planet' actually is or how a 'combustion engine' works or what 'Einstein's Theory of Relativity' is about. They are all things we are familiar with but for most of us they are more abstract concept than practical knowledge.
Could we explain them to someone else? More to the point, could we explain them to someone else in 140 characters or less? Welcome to the #simplydefined challenge!
I have set up a Twitter account @simplydefined to do just that. I want to provide, with your help, simple and succinct definitions of the sorts of concepts and ideas that we use everyday but perhaps don't truly understand. Because we are using Twitter as our medium those definitions have to be 140 characters or less and for some of our bigger ideas and concepts that is going to be a real challenge. Because of that challenge we need as many people as possible to contribute. If you are willing to follow @simplydefined then I am willing to follow you. If you can define something better than someone else then I want your contribution. Let's see how big this thing can get and let's all become part of the 9% of Twitter that is not pointless babble or conversation, self-promotion or spam but actually passes on useful information.
To get things started...
Planet = 1. in orbit around sun 2. enough self-gravity to be round in shape 3. nothing else in its orbit 4. not a satellite
Combustion Engine - spark ignites fuel chamber creating sml explosion. Gas pushes piston, drives crankshaft connected to axle, wheels move
Einstein Theory Relativity is 2 theories, special & general. Special = time and space are relative. General - matter causes space to curve.
Join in and feel free to ask any questions. We will endeavour to get them answered for you!