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How do I convince people that the sum of all natural numbers isn't -1/12?

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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I think it will be more difficult to to convince that it is.

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I have met atleast two crackpots who are convinced it is.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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They are not crackpots:

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You think that summation is correct?

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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In the sense that Borel and Abel and even Ramanujan did it...

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They did not claim it to be true.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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You read that blog?

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No, I will go for shopping.

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**David****Member**- From: Bumpkinland
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You like shopping?

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No, but I had to help my dad since it involves heavy things.

bobbym: Did you read all the posts GiB wrote claiming 0.9999.... is 1?

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Unfortunately I did, why?

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K. That's enough reason for me to read the blog posts

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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It is important to listen to the oppositions point of view before judging them.

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**bob bundy****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Agnishom wrote:

How do I convince people that the sum of all natural numbers isn't -1/12?

(1) Prove that:

(2) Prove that

Bob

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Great idea, thanks!

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeta_funct … larization

The top portion explains when and why.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1_%2B_1_% … %B7_%C2%B7

As everybody knows 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 +...+ = - 1 / 2

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