May 3, 2008 at 8:45 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The best ideas often come from thinking “outside the box”. But many people can’t seem to grasp obvious ideas, even if it’s right in front of them. Take recursion. Back in the days when I was programming basic, I never thought of recursion, so I didn’t miss it not being there. But once I learned C (and later lisp), I’m like “how did I ever get along without this?”. Recursion is a relatively simple and basic concept, but also very powerful. I’m sure there are many good things in life are left undiscovered, but we don’t do them because they look wrong.

Often I think that true genius lies in merely discovering the simplicity of the stuff that’s right in front of them.

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