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July 7th, 2018, 09:53 PM  #14 
Senior Member Joined: Aug 2012 Posts: 2,136 Thanks: 622  Sorry. Trying to think about 0 = 1 makes my head hurt. It turns out, by the way, that there's a thing called "the field with one element." Such a thing does not exist; but many abstract areas of math act as if it "should" exist. I don't really understand much about this but here it is. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_with_one_element This is a pretty good article. It gives the flavor of this amazing outthere stuff whether or not you follow the details. Nobody can construct or even define a field with one element, but if they had one it would do all kinds of great things, even perhaps solve the Riemann hypothesis. Last edited by Maschke; July 7th, 2018 at 10:00 PM. 
July 8th, 2018, 01:50 PM  #15 
Global Moderator Joined: May 2007 Posts: 6,665 Thanks: 651  I guess I overdid it. $x\times 1=x, x\times 0=0$. Both will be true only if $x=0$. I don't think much is done with a field consisting of one element .


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