Now that the elimination has proceeded to this stage, let us reverse the order, beginning with the child I choose. The husband agreed again, and the counting proceeded in the reverse order, with the unexpected result that all of the second wife's children... A History of Japanese Mathematics - Page 83by David Eugene Smith, Yoshio Mikami - 1914 - 288 pagesFull view
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...Thereupon the wife, feeling confident of her success, said, . . let us reverse the order. . The hushand agreed again, and the counting proceeded in the reverse...step-child, and accordingly he inherited the property." The origin of this problem is not known. It is found much earlier in the Codex Einsidelensis (Einsideln,...