Is it easier to prove something OR disprove something?

Curious to know


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  • Duh, a disproof is potentially easier (we just need one counterexample); and nit-picking arouses our creative juices.

    Even if the given assertion is true, out search for a counterexample often leads us to a proof, as soon as we see why a counterexample is impossible.

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  • Well if you think about physics, they typically make a hypothesis, then see if it can be disproven, and if they find no reason why that is not how it should be (as it aligns with every other theorem and axiom), then they try to verify it.

    So, disproving is easier than proving.

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