bonanova 76 Report post Posted January 21, 2013 It is a beginner-level bit of mathematical magic to prove that 1=2. This demonstration probably occurs multiple times in the history of this forum.Its fallacy depends on embedding, and cleverly hiding somewhere in the "analysis," a division by zero.Which of course is not permitted. So regarding this matter our world is still a safe abode. Nonetheless, this equality still has a life for puzzle solvers. By the application of a familiar proof, the addition of a single well-known mathematical symbol,and without resorting to prohibited mathematical operations, 1=2 can still be shown to be true. Have fun, and please use spoilers. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

0 Krishna Kutty 2 Report post Posted March 10, 2013 Is the single well-known mathematical symbol i=(-1)1/2? Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

0 wolfgang 9 Report post Posted March 10, 2013 according to a rule which states that,In case of equal amounts, if the bases are equal then the powers are equal too!! 1^1= 1^2 Thus: 1=2 Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

0 Krishna Kutty 2 Report post Posted March 10, 2013 Is the well-known mathematical symbol i ? I mean,square root of -1? Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

0 bonanova 76 Report post Posted March 10, 2013 according to a rule which states that,In case of equal amounts, if the bases are equal then the powers are equal too!!1^1= 1^2Thus: 1=2 Very nice wolfgang. Definitely honorable mention. But the OP asks to add a symbol and a well-known proof. I think this implies something about taking logarithms with base 1.Is the well-known mathematical symbol i ?I mean,square root of -1? Krishna, no, sorry that is not what I had in mind. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

0 Krishna Kutty 2 Report post Posted March 11, 2013 is the mathematical symbol i ? which is square root of -1? Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

0 bonanova 76 Report post Posted March 11, 2013 is the mathematical symbol i ? which is square root of -1? Hi Krishna, I didn't mean to ignore your previous post. No, that's not the symbol I had in mind. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

0 Krishna Kutty 2 Report post Posted March 11, 2013 is the mathematical symbol i ? which is square root of -1? Hi Krishna, I didn't mean to ignore your previous post. No, that's not the symbol I had in mind. Oops!Sorry!I couldn't see my posts because i did not go to the next page in replies and i thought my post has not been entered.My mistake! Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

0 bonanova 76 Report post Posted March 12, 2013 The added symbol is the percent sign. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

It is a beginner-level bit of mathematical magic to prove that 1=2.

This demonstration probably occurs multiple times in the history of this forum.

Its fallacy depends on embedding, and cleverly hiding somewhere in the "analysis," a division by zero.

Which of course is not permitted. So regarding this matter our world is still a safe abode.

Nonetheless, this equality still has a life for puzzle solvers.

By the application of a familiar proof, the addition of a single well-known mathematical symbol,

and without resorting to prohibited mathematical operations, 1=2 can still be shown to be true.

Have fun, and please use spoilers.

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