Physical Mathematics and the Fine-Structure Constant

Journal of Advances in Physics, 14, 3, 5758-64 (2018).

7 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2018

Date Written: July 11, 2018


Research into ancient physical structures, some having been known as the seven wonders of the ancient world, inspired new developments in the early history of mathematics. At the other end of this spectrum of inquiry the research is concerned with the minimum of observations from physical data as exemplified by Eddington’s Principle. Current discussions of the interplay between physics and mathematics revive some of this early history of mathematics and offer insight into the fine-structure constant. Arthur Eddington’s work leads to a new calculation of the inverse fine-structure constant giving the same approximate value as ancient geometry combined with the golden ratio structure of the hydrogen atom. The hyperbolic function suggested by Alfred Landé leads to another result, involving the Laplace limit of Kepler’s equation, with the same approximate value and related to the aforementioned results. The accuracy of these results are consistent with the standard reference. Relationships between the four fundamental coupling constants are also found.

Keywords: fine-structure constant, dimensionless physical constants, history of mathematics, golden ratio, history of physics, mathematical constants, fundamental constants

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Sherbon, Michael A., Physical Mathematics and the Fine-Structure Constant (July 11, 2018). Journal of Advances in Physics, 14, 3, 5758-64 (2018). , Available at SSRN:

Michael A. Sherbon (Contact Author)

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Oklahoma City, OK
United States

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