I like trees

I like trees. No, not like an outdoor tree (although I think they're pretty nifty too), but tree as a mathmatical and computer science concept. It was in my second computer science class ever, Introduction to Data Structures, we learned about binary search trees.

I remember being floored by it. It was just so compelling in its elegant, recursive glory. It really captivated me how something so simple could boast such powerful properties. In this I had seen beauty unlike anything I'd ever witnessed, a new way of thinking, a whole world I never knew existed. A world rich in untapped natural phenomona just waiting to be put to use.

It's been 13 years since that class and trees have proved far more pervasive and important in computing than I ever imagined. They lurk in so many places we forget about them. They are everywhere. But I see them. I do. Hello little trees, I see you!

All I'm saying is I like trees. Is that so wrong?

Posted April 26, 2006 1:00 PM