And yes, there IS an error lurking somewhere in the algebra of this “proof”.
Can you spot it?
ALSO, if YOU can come up with a better rhyme for “polynomial expansion”, we’re all ears.
And while we’re at it, by the way, here are some references that crept in on page one:
- Lewis Carroll employs the transitive property (A.K.A. Euclid’s First Proposition) in his logical dialogue, What the Tortoise Said to Achilles … thus the tortoise. [Read more about the dialogue @ wikipedia.org]
- “Two things equal to the same thing…” ~ Something about this statement sounded like an Abraham Lincoln speech, so as is our wont we went a’searchin’ … And it turns out Tony Kushner wrote this choice morsel of Euclid into a key scene of Spielberg’s “Lincoln” (2012). So it’s not actually a speech of Lincoln’s, but we know Lincoln learnt his Euclid well, & may very well have thought along these lines. (He would surely have seen the Euclid-style axiom-ism built into the opening sentence of the Declaration of Independence, don’t you think?)
[Click here to read Jim Emerson’s perspective analysis of politics & geometry in Spielberg’s movie! >>]
- The bunny playing guitar and banjo is not a reference to anything, really. We just like musical bunnies.
AND SOON: How to make money off just this sort of shoddy math >>