# Can anyone tell the proof of 1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+........upto infinity= -1/12 ?

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Noone can proove this thesis, because it is false.

#### Explanation:

The left side of the expression is a sum of an infinite sequence. Only geometrical sequence can have finite sum of all terms, but this sequence is not a geometrical one therfore it is not convergent (i.e. does not have finite sum).

Here's a "proof" from Srinivasa Ramanujan...

#### Explanation:

The simplest non-rigorous "proof" is due to Srinivasa Ramanujan and goes roughly as follows:

#c = 1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+...#

#4c=0+4+0+8+0+12+0+16+...#

Subtracting we get:

#-3c = 1-2+3-4+5-6+7-8+...#

Now:

#1/(1+x)^2 = 1-2x+3x^2-4x^3+5x^4-6x^5+7x^6-8x^7+...#

So putting

#-3c = 1-2+3-4+5-6+7-8+... = 1/(1+1)^2 = 1/4#

Then dividing both ends by

#c = -1/12#

Note that it is not really valid to manipulate divergent infinite series in these ways.

The calculations above are a shadow of the real derivation of the Ramanujan Sum of the series

Ramanujan found ways to formally assign finite values to divergent infinite sums. The methods he developed are used in quantum field theories.