[OT] Why Python 'fits your brain'

Bill Baxter wbaxter at gmail.com
Fri Nov 10 00:12:09 CST 2006


I think Ruby users say the same about Ruby, maybe even more
emphatically than Python users, and Ruby's chart looks like just about
the most complicated one there.  C and Python look to be about on par.
 Also I suspect a chart of Lisp's grammar would be even simpler than
any of those up there, but I doubt many scientists would say that Lisp
really fits their brain.

So I'm not really sure what conclusions you can draw from such charts.
The human brain is a complex network too.  Probably what matters more
is that the connections in those dependency charts somehow match the
connections in our brains.

--bb

On 11/10/06, Fernando Perez <fperez.net at gmail.com> wrote:
> Please forgive the not-specifically-numpy post. I'll keep it short.
>
> Some of us often, when trying to explain to newcomers the benefits of
> Python for scientific work, use expressions like the famous 'it fits
> your brain'.  This is an attempt at conveying why it seems like such a
> natural tool for expressing, concisely and without extraneous noise,
> but simultaneously with ease, the nature of many algorithmic problems.
>
> I think these four images
>
> http://flickr.com/photos/nicksieger/281055485/
> http://flickr.com/photos/nicksieger/281055530/
> http://flickr.com/photos/nicksieger/280662707/
> http://flickr.com/photos/nicksieger/280661836/
>
> may provide a useful visual aid.  I certainly intend to use them (with
> attribution) the next time I need to give a talk along those lines.
>
> Regards,
>

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