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Thought this was cool: How should I explain what a recursion is to a 4-year-old?

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In Recursion: Tracy Chou voted up an answer.

I don’t normally like to quote Dijkstra and run, but this seems like a good occasion.

A few years later a five-year old son would show me how smoothly the idea of recursion comes to the unspoilt mind. Walking with me in the middle of town he suddenly remarked to me, “Daddy, not every boat has a lifeboat, has it?” I said “How come?” “Well, the lifeboat could have a smaller lifeboat, but then that would be without one.”

– E.D, “Under the Spell of Leibniz’s Dream”

See question on Quora

from Tracy Chou on Quora: http://www.quora.com/Recursion/How-should-I-explain-what-a-recursion-is-to-a-4-year-old/answer/Bulat-Bochkariov

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十二月 30, 2012 在 8:11 上午

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