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The Josephus Problem
Author

Paul R. Wellin
Organization: Wolfram Research, Inc.
Description

Flavius Josephus was a Jewish historian during the Roman-Jewish war of the first century. Through his writings comes the following macabre story.

The Romans had chased a group of 10 Jews into a cave and were about to attack. Rather than dying at the hands of their enemy, the group chose to commit suicide one by one. Legend has it, though, that they decided to go around their circle of 10 individuals and eliminate every other person until no one was left. Who was the last to die?
Subject

*Mathematics > Recreational Mathematics
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http://library.wolfram.com/examples/josephusproblem/
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