### Can mathematical proofs be wrong?

## Can mathematical proofs be wrong?

Many proofs have been initially accepted as correct but later withdrawn or modified due to errors. Even computer-verified proofs are not immune to this. The proof (and the proof-checker itself) may be correct but the formalization of the theorem might be wrong, in particular when it involves complicated definitions.

**Can proofs be disproved?**

If it is proved, the conjecture attains the status of a theorem or proposition. If it is disproved, then no one is really very interested in it anymore—mathematicians do not care much for false statements. Most conjectures that mathematicians are interested in are quite difficult to prove or disprove.

**What is false proof?**

A false proof is not the same as a false belief. One can read a false proof, know for certain that the conclusion is false (so there is no false belief), and still have trouble pinpointing the error.

### How do you disprove proofs?

A counterexample disproves a statement by giving a situation where the statement is false; in proof by contradiction, you prove a statement by assuming its negation and obtaining a contradiction.

**What is the value of 1 by 0?**

It is still the case that 1 0 \frac10 01 can never be a real (or complex) number, so—strictly speaking—it is undefined.

**Is math the only absolute truth?**

In pure mathematics there is no absolute truth [Stabler]; we invent rules then see what they prove or see what is consistent with them. …

## Why do we need to do proofs in math?

Proofs are the only way to know that a statement is mathematically valid. Being able to write a mathematical proof indicates a fundamental understanding of the problem itself and all of the concepts used in the problem. Proofs also force you to look at mathematics in a new and exciting way.

**Why are there so many bogus mathematical proofs?**

If you see an imaginary number involved in such a bogus “proof,” then the trick is usually to hide the fact that such a statement without any mathematical basis occurs. Before I get into this, a review of mathematical induction is in order.

**Which is an example of a false mathematical proof?**

False mathematical proofs. cooled by Professor Pi. There are many examples of false mathematical proofs that are often presented to fool people with inadequate mathematical skills. Classic examples include the 1=2 “proof” and the 2^.5 = 2 “proof,” both of which clearly use the same technique of many other false proofs.

### What happens when you use an imaginary number in a mathematical proof?

By using an imaginary number, the calculator here is assuming that a = -1, meaning that the above rule does not hold. If you see an imaginary number involved in such a bogus “proof,” then the trick is usually to hide the fact that such a statement without any mathematical basis occurs.

Can mathematical proofs be wrong? Many proofs have been initially accepted as correct but later withdrawn or modified due to errors. Even computer-verified proofs are not immune to this. The proof (and the proof-checker itself) may be correct but the formalization of the theorem might be wrong, in particular when it involves complicated definitions. Can…