Eh, a lot of people have gotten close, as far as I understand, but it always falls apart.Drew said:
As my father briefly summarised;Though it sounds like they think the guy's approach is solid, even if the proof itself falls apart at some point, so he's at least gotten closer. Which is cool.
I have skepticism and criticism coming out my ears. I'm also very jaded and with no patience.In mathematics being an *actual* innovator requires being an intensely dedicated critic, among other things. The usual complaints about how movie critics and such couldn't direct a decent film to save their lives are completely irrelevant here - mathematics needs criticism and skepticism like we need air.
To quote the internet...The lack of patience may be positive or negative, but we will need *informed* criticism. If you can find the error in the following proof, you might have the right kind of skepticism.
Let a = b != 0.
a^2 = ab
a^2 - b^2 = ab - b^2
(a+b)(a-b) = b(a-b)
a+b = b
a + a = a
The right kind of kind, of course, will involve finding a reasoning error. The wrong kind, like what you're used to offering, would be to make fun of the letters or say that I haven't used the letter 'u' enough.