# Omni, Take Two

2011-06-15

math

Did you know that 2 equals 1? Here is the proof:

```
(1) X = Y ; Given
(2) X^2 = XY ; Multiply both sides by X
(3) X^2-Y^2 = XY-Y^2 ; Subtract Y^2 from both sides
(4) (X+Y)(X-Y) = Y(X-Y) ; Factor
(5) X+Y = Y ; Cancel out (X-Y) term
(6) 2Y = Y ; Substitute X for Y, by equation 1
(7) 2 = 1 ; Divide both sides by Y
-- "Omni", proof that 2 equals 1
```

If you think this is too easy, here is another neat proof spotted by my friend Avital Steinitz while teaching a Signals and Systems course.

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