Lecture, Barnard's Inn Hall, Tuesday, 14 May 2024 - 13:00
How to Prove 1=0, And Other Maths Illusions
In this lecture I will show you some mathematical illusions: “proofs” that 1=0, that fractions don’t exist, and more. There are curious and important implications behind what’s going on.
These “proofs” reveal some very common logical slips that can go unnoticed when we are trying to prove more plausible statements. And the stakes are high. As I’ll show you, once you have “proved” one false claim, you can prove absolutely any statement at all.
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