I ONCE used to be very interested in mathematics, but found myself completely disillusioned to a point where I now realise that virtually all of the advanced mathematics I studied at senior high school and university is totally useless to me.
Let me explain via an example. All through high school I was told that it is not possible to find the square root of a negative number because any number  be it positive or negative  will always produce a positive answer when squared. But then came "complex numbers".
They actually said that the square root of minus one (1) was i. Why? Because the professor said so. Everybody knew it was rubbish, but we had to learn it anyway.
Perhaps there are a few mathematicians out there who would like to defend their one love and disprove the following. Can it be possible that 2 equals 1? Using simple algebra and illusion, I can show that this is the case.
Firstly, let's say that:
x = 1
Therefore:
x² = x
x²  1 = x 1
Factorising:
(x  1)(x + 1) = x  1
Dividing through:
x + 1 = 1
Substituting:
2 = 1
How is this so?
