The most important number in the universe revealed by scientists – and it’s NOT 42

IF you are a science fiction fan, you are probably familiar with the theory of the number 42.

In Douglas Adams’ famous novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the answer to the meaning of life is given at 42.

The most important number cannot be 42


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However, physicist Richard Feynman has a completely different theory and some scientific facts to support it.

Feynman says that the most important number in the universe is 1/137.

According to IFL Science, the specific number he is referring to is 1/137.03599913.

This number is called the fine structure constant in physics.

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In his book “QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter” the physicist explains: “All good theoretical physicists put this number on their wall and think about it.”

Some scientists believe that the number holds the secret of life.

In physics, 1/137.03599913 is the number that represents the strength of the electromagnetic force between some electrically charged particles.

It is a fundamental number in physics and our understanding of the universe.

Feynman continues: “It’s one of the biggest damn mysteries in physics: a magic number that comes to us without human understanding.

“You could say the ‘hand of God’ wrote that number, and ‘we don’t know how he moved his pencil.'”

Scientists say that if we had a different value for the electromagnetic force between particles, then life as we know it would be impossible.

It keeps popping up seemingly randomly in equations when computing things like light and matter.

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Although the number is said to be a constant, some scientists believe it changes and suggest that it increases over time.

If true, it could change the universe as we know it. The most important number in the universe revealed by scientists – and it’s NOT 42

Chris Barrese

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