(via Boing-Boing)

In the video, a mathematician proves that if you add all the numbers in the universe together (1+2+3+4…) that the answer is -1/12.  And while they are explaining it, it all sort of makes sense.

But if you attach something real to the numbers, then it seems like it all falls apart.  For example, if I have a bucket, and I put in one marble, then two, then three, then four, and keep adding marbles for all eternity, then eventually- according to their “proof”- I will have a bucket that’s beyond empty.  There will be a negative 1/12th of a marble in there.

These people are smarter than me, so I’m sure I’m missing something.  I just don’t know what.



  1. …don’t you just LOVE the new maths..? The quantum universe is a different one that we have known… like I envision myself as living in a Einstein-ruled physics and the world is shifting to the Quantum future…


  2. Mel

    If nothing else, it really does make me go “hmmmm”.


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