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Fake Mathematical Proofs

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Good effort. This was quite interesting, though a photograph of a man being attacked by a giant shark would have been nice.

Posted by BJ in Israel on Fri Aug 20, 2004 at 10:51 AM
My math sucks to the core.

Posted by Shah in Singapore on Sun Aug 22, 2004 at 02:12 PM
1(one) can also be made to equal 0(zero). It's done using algebra, which proves what a stupid branch of maths it really is...

Posted by Dale Irwin in Waiheke Island, NZ on Tue Aug 24, 2004 at 12:59 AM
I'm still confused.

Posted by Shah in Singapore on Tue Aug 24, 2004 at 02:29 PM
After I tried 64=65 with my own squared paper and realizing how the pieces just don't fit together, is easy to see on the animation how the figures are slightly overlaped in the middle and not so straigh on the edges...

Posted by corax on Mon Oct 04, 2004 at 12:12 PM
N'importe quoi!

Posted by sinta in Paris on Thu Sep 07, 2006 at 07:13 AM
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A more complicated fake proof can be found here, where 1 is shown to equal 2. I started to go glassy-eyed when I began to analyze the equation, so I quickly broke down and peeked at the answer explaining why the proof is wrong. (via Metafilter)

Wed Aug 18, 2004