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Daniel Erman Explains The Josephus Problem on Numberphile

Daniel Erman did a guest video with the youtube series Numberphile about the Josephus problem.  This was one of the first problems he encountered in high school where he didn't know how to approach a complex problem with a wide variability of inputs and solutions.   He talks about an early mentor who encouraged him to spend time experimenting with the inputs and solutions to see if he could find a pattern.  He explains the process to web viewers in a simple and accessible way, much like his early mentor did.   

Check out his video here:  https://youtu.be/uCsD3ZGzMgE

Daniel Erman is also the faculty advisor for the UW Math Circle (https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle), which is an outreach group dedicated to helping younger students interested in math learn more about the many exciting things you can discover by experimenting with numbers.

 

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