This applet casts a fortune from the I Ching, or Book of Changes, using the traditional coin-tossing algorithm.
The first computer implementation of this ancient text that I am aware of was done in the early 60s on CTSS by C. Tillman. It is documented in the Second Edition CTSS Manual, section AJ.11.03, dated 9/24/65. The program was called ORACLE, and produced a fortune based on a line typed by the user.
The button below is displayed by a small applet. Clicking it downloads and runs five classes, one fairly large. Be patient.
updated 01/24/97 to work around AWT bugs on UNIX; Tested with Netscape on Solaris, Win95, and Mac.
updated 07/31/97 to work around Java 1.1 bugs with Netscape 4.0.
updated 03/12/06 to prevent an error; had to use -target 1.3 to make it work in old browsers.