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1. Unraveling the fine structure constant leads to the unification of gravity and the electrical force
Combining Maxwell’s electromagnetic field equations, with Planck’s energy frequency relation, and with Sommerfeld’s fine structure constant allows us to determine the values of the fundamental constants at the first instance of the Universe when all forces were unified.
It has been a mystery ever since it was discovered more than fifty years ago, and all good physicists put this number up on their wall and worry about it… It’s one of the greatest damn mysteries of physics: a magic number that comes to us with no understanding by man. You might say the “hand of God” wrote that number, and “we don’t know how He pushed His pencil.” We know what kind of dance to do experimentally to measure this number very accurately, but we don’t know what kind of dance to do on a computer to make this number come out –– without putting it in secretly!
So wrote Richard Feynman in 1988, not knowing that the fine structure constant is the Rosetta Stone to decode the mysteries of the Universe.