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#1 2013-05-17 16:33:50

Agnishom
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Recursion

Andrew Plotkin wrote:

“Recursion: If you already know what recursion is, just remember the
answer. Otherwise, find someone who is standing closer to Douglas Hofstadter than you are; then ask him or her what recursion is.”


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#2 2013-05-17 18:47:34

bobbym
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Re: Recursion

They say that recursion is overused. That any time recursion is used it can be replaced by other more common techniques.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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#3 2013-05-18 02:49:39

Agnishom
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Re: Recursion

This was a joke


'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
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#4 2013-05-18 08:15:55

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Re: Recursion

Hi Agnishom;

A joke? I knew that. I always think people are joking and am amazed when I find out they are not.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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#5 2013-05-18 14:25:46

Agnishom
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Re: Recursion

Recursion is still lovely


'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
'You have made another human being happy. There is no greater accomplishment.' -bobbym

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#6 2013-05-18 14:29:35

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Re: Recursion

On the old 8 bit machines I used love to watch recursive calls eat up the stack and crash the machine.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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