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Thursday, 9 January 2014

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + ... = -1/12

Yes, I was dubious too...
To be honest, I still am!

5 comments:

Davieboy said...

Thanks, the Numberphile videos are excellent aren't they? They presenters are really natural (no pun intended!).

Ed P said...

The flaw is the one position shift in the sequence in equation S2. There was no explanation for this shift (which rather conveniently gave the desired answer).
An April Fool joke perhaps?

Not a sheep said...

EdP:
That was my thought too. My physics doesn't run to string theory level, I must ask around...

Ed P said...

It's farcical, and reminds me of how easy it is to "prove" that 0 = 1 with similarly manipulated equations.

Alex said...

Don't mess with infinity; somebody might get hurt.