Subjects — R

Recursion Quotations

The proverbial German phenomenon of the “verb-at-the-end”, about which droll tales of absentminded professors who would begin a sentence, ramble on for an entire lecture, and then finish up by rattling off a string of verbs by which their audience, for whom the stack had long since lost its coherence, would be totally nonplussed, are told, is an excellent example of linguistic recursion.

Douglas Hofstadter Wikipedia: Douglas Hofstadter  

Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid, pp. 130‒131, Basic Books, Inc., 1999 (orig. 1979)

Epigram 12:

Recursion is the root of computation since it trades description for time.

Alan J. Perlis Wikipedia: Alan J. Perlis  

Epigrams on Programming, Sept., 1982

Epigram 52:

Systems have sub-systems and sub-systems have sub-systems and so on ad infinitum — which is why we’re always starting over.

Alan J. Perlis Wikipedia: Alan J. Perlis  

Epigrams on Programming, Sept., 1982