The idea of simulations always intrigued me, even though I never knew much about them. I was interested in their predictive power, how modeling complex systems could be simplified into code, and what potential they have in many fields.
It has been about a month since we started our internship and I am so happy at how smoothly everything has been going. Internships across the world have been canceled, but our REU program is still going strong.
This post briefly discusses the importance of optimism and composure when faced with adversity. In uncertain times, often our expectations and feelings of entitlement are challenged. Attitude makes all the difference, as well as knowing what you can, and cannot, control.
In Andrew Hiron's Applied Tree Biology, the author points out an interesting tidbit about trees. There is no one formal definition of what constitutes a tree. In fact, a court ruling determined this. The court concluded that as long as something looks like a tree, then it can be defined a tree. Similar to the saying, 'if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it is a duck.' Now this 'law' about trees if truly amazing. Trees are an abstract notion, yet so grounded in reality. They can take up so many unique forms, even between similar species!