How To Debunk Fake Math Proofs?

You spot one, you spot them all!

Hemanth
Street Science

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How To Debunk Fake Math Proofs? — a = b; a*a = a*b; a*a — b*b = a*b — b*b; (a+b)*(a-b) = b*(a-b); a+b = b; 2b = b; 2 = 1
Fake math proof — Math illustrated by the author

I recently came across a viral fake math proof, and it got me thinking. For the life of me, I could not figure out what makes such a phenomenon go viral.

Is it akin to a real-life magic trick, I wonder? We all know that a magic trick does not break the laws of physics that we are used to. However, there is a certain charm to it…

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