Algorithm explained: The Doomsday rule

Algorithm explained: The Doomsday rule

Nov 09, 2020

John Conway is most famously known for "Conway's Game Of Life" - but he published a whole lot more. One especially remarkable algorithm he developed around 1970 is the Doomsday rule.

The name may sound a little odd, but the algorithm is amazing: It allows you to calculate the day of the week for any given date in your head.

In this post I will explain how this algorithm works and do a practical example in PHP.

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