On writing for both the layman and the specialist
A note that may be interesting for the writers out there.
201702081239 Technical shadow version in the appendix
If you want to write a non-fiction book that is accessible to the masses on the one hand, but on the other hand stands on an extremely sophisticated foundation, you can design it as follows:
- you write the book for a lay public.
- you create a special appendix which is a technical shadow version of the book [10/11][#csikszentmihalyi2002] Here you give all the technical, scientific and abstract background for the simple presentation in the book itself.
[#csikszentmihalyi2002]: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (2002): Flow. The secret of happiness, Lick: Velcro cotta.
It's a double strategy. One increases the optionality for the reader and can offer so more people good (suitable) contents.
I have observed this strategy in two books:
- Flow. The secret of happiness by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
- Antifragile by Nassim Taleb
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