Josephus - 15-121: Introduction to Data StructuresFall

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Unformatted text preview: 15-121: Introduction to Data StructuresFall 2009Exercise10/28/2009JosephusDue: Sat, Nov 78am Relevant Reading:Chapter 4 of the Lewis and Chase bookSection 9.2 of the online text by EckAssignment: (worth 5 exercise points ) An Historical note: According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Flavius Josephus was a Jewish priest, scholar, historian, and general. He was military commander of Galilee in 66 AD and held the fortress of Jotapata against the Romans for 47 days. After the city fell, he took refuge with 40 zealots in a nearby cave. The zealots voted to commit suicide rather than surrender. Josephus disagreed with the decision, but feared that he would be murdered if he made his views known. Therefore he argued that because suicide was immoral that the men should stand in a circle and that each man in turn should kill the man next to him around and around the circle until one man was left. Then, only that man would have to kill himself. He then cleverly arranged to left....
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