How Pointy Brackets Became a Computing Icon

By Jamie Condliffe on at

The <pointy brackets> are an archetypal pair of characters in the world of computing. But if you’ve ever wondered how they became so pervasive, you’re in luck.

In this video, Professor David Brailsford of the University of Nottingham explains that the pointy bracket first arrived on the scene to make Noam Chomsky’s hierarchy — now a fundamental tenet of computer science — a little easier to read and understand. And like all good simplifying ideas, it took a hold. Watch the video above to find out why. [Computerphile]