This week, let’s have a little fun. With everything going on in the world, I thought it would be fun to turn to some good old-fashioned algebra to “prove” that one equals zero.
And if you’ve seen the news lately, showing that one equals zero might not be the craziest thing you’ve heard recently!
I’ll start with an arbitrary equation, x = y + 1.
There are an infinite number of solutions to this simple equation; for example: if x = 2 and y = 1, then certainly 2 = 1 + 1.
Let’s see how we can make 1 = 0:
Of course this is nonsense. And all because of one step where I did something I shouldn’t have, and it has nothing to do with the algebra. The algebra is correct.
Anyone know what I did that breaks a big rule? If you do, hit reply and let me know. I’ll post the answer next week (or you can search for the answer and should have no trouble finding it).
The point is, please be careful what you take as fact and if there’s any doubt, ask an expert. Sometimes small details can make all the difference between two vastly different outcomes!
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