2 + 2 = 5

As you know, 2 + 2 = 5 for large values of 2 in some computer programs. Two plus two equals five is used in the dystopian future presented in the book 1984, as part of the method to break the will of Winston. We can also make two plus two equal to five by giving two true statements and then a third statement we would like to be believed.


  1. Know yourself, know your enemy. Conclusion: You are your enemy.
  2. Something must be done, this is something. Therefore we must do this.