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All entries for Thursday 27 October 2005

## October 27, 2005

### Proof By Triviality

A Mathematicians best (only?) friend.

A subset of proof by intimidation.

To prove a statement one must use a myriad of convincing mathematical arguments to reduce said statement to one of logical equivalence, but so stunningly obvious that one may write the rather poetic line:

Trivial.

Notes:

- Not to be used in conjunction with Analysis. Analysts will require some sort of epsilon argument, these are never trivial.
- Proof by triviality doesn't make for elegant proofs, but they are bloody quick to write.
- Often confused for an actual proof.