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36 Methods of Proof

36 Methods of Proof 1 Proof by obviousness “The proof is so clear that it need not be mentioned.” 2 Proof by general agreement “All in favor?…” 3 Proof by imagination “Well, we’ll pretend it’s true…” 4 Proof by convenience “It would be very nice if it were true, so…” 5 Proof by necessity “It had better be true, or the entire structure of mathematics would crumble to the ground.” 6 Proof by plausibility “It sounds good so it must be true.” 7 Proof by intimidation “Don’t be stupid; of course it’s true.” 8 Proof by lack of sufficient time […]