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## #1 2014-09-13 15:44:01

Agnishom
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### How do I convince people?

How do I convince people that the sum of all natural numbers isn't -1/12?

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
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## #2 2014-09-13 15:55:58

bobbym
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### Re: How do I convince people?

I think it will be more difficult to to convince that it is.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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## #3 2014-09-13 15:58:23

Agnishom
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### Re: How do I convince people?

I have met atleast two crackpots who are convinced it is.

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
I'm not crazy, my mother had me tested.

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## #4 2014-09-13 16:02:19

bobbym
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### Re: How do I convince people?

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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## #5 2014-09-13 16:13:11

Agnishom
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### Re: How do I convince people?

You think that summation is correct?

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
I'm not crazy, my mother had me tested.

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## #6 2014-09-13 16:19:11

bobbym
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### Re: How do I convince people?

In the sense that Borel and Abel and even Ramanujan did it...

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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## #7 2014-09-13 16:31:27

Agnishom
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### Re: How do I convince people?

They did not claim it to be true.

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
I'm not crazy, my mother had me tested.

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## #8 2014-09-13 16:54:36

bobbym
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### Re: How do I convince people?

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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## #9 2014-09-13 17:37:30

Agnishom
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### Re: How do I convince people?

No, I will go for shopping.

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
I'm not crazy, my mother had me tested.

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## #10 2014-09-13 17:44:55

David
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### Re: How do I convince people?

You like shopping?

I wish I was in Dixie, Hooray! Hooray!...
"Non tutte le ciambelle riescono col buco.”

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## #11 2014-09-13 18:08:50

Agnishom
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### Re: How do I convince people?

No, but I had to help my dad since it involves heavy things.

bobbym: Did you read all the posts GiB wrote claiming 0.9999.... is 1?

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
I'm not crazy, my mother had me tested.

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## #12 2014-09-13 20:16:18

bobbym
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### Re: How do I convince people?

Unfortunately I did, why?

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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## #13 2014-09-13 20:41:49

Agnishom
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### Re: How do I convince people?

K. That's enough reason for me to read the blog posts

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
I'm not crazy, my mother had me tested.

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## #14 2014-09-13 20:49:20

bobbym
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### Re: How do I convince people?

It is important to listen to the oppositions point of view before judging them.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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## #15 2014-09-14 04:05:22

bob bundy
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### Re: How do I convince people?

Agnishom wrote:

How do I convince people that the sum of all natural numbers isn't -1/12?

(1) Prove that:

(2) Prove that

Bob

Last edited by bob bundy (2014-09-14 04:06:53)

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## #16 2014-09-14 05:04:02

Agnishom
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### Re: How do I convince people?

Great idea, thanks!

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
I'm not crazy, my mother had me tested.

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## #17 2014-09-14 05:10:17

bobbym
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### Re: How do I convince people?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeta_funct … larization

The top portion explains when and why.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1_%2B_1_% … %B7_%C2%B7

As everybody knows 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 +...+ = - 1 / 2

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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