Re: Detecting Design

Moorad Alexanian (alexanian@UNCWIL.EDU)
Fri, 24 Apr 1998 09:24:36 -0500 (EST)

At 04:46 AM 4/24/98 -0500, Glenn Morton wrote:
>At 11:19 PM 4/23/98 -0400, Brian D Harper wrote:
>This is
>>a fairly simple problem and after a few moments
>>you discover, to your great horror :), that the
>>required angle is 137.5 degrees.
>This value is eerily close to the inverse of the fine structure constant
>which controls many electromagnetic interactions.
>alpha=7.2972 x 10^-3
>1/alpha= 137.03
>Why does God like the number 137? :-)

Dear Glenn,

The importance of the value for alpha is that it is a dimensionless
number--it has the same numerical value in any system of units. However,
137.5 degrees = 2.400 radians.

Take care,