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A Fallacy on Number

by: Jun Bustamante

Is one equal to zero?

Lets assume:

a=1
b=1

we can say:

1. a = b given
2. a x a = b x a multiply both sides with a
3. a^2 = ab simplify result
4. a^2 – b^2 = ab – b^2 subtract b^2 on both sides
5. (a+b)(a-b) = b(a-b) factor
6. a + b = b divide both sides with (a-b)
7. a = 0 subtract b on both sides
8. 1 = 0 substitute

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