137 (number)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
136 137 138
Cardinal one hundred and thirty-seven
Ordinal 137th
(one hundred and thirty-seventh)
Factorization prime
Prime 33rd
Divisors 1, 137
Roman numeral CXXXVII
Binary 100010012
Ternary 120023
Quaternary 20214
Quinary 10225
Senary 3456
Octal 2118
Duodecimal B512
Hexadecimal 8916
Vigesimal 6H20
Base 36 3T36

137 (one hundred [and] thirty-seven) is the natural number following 136 and preceding 138.

In mathematics[edit]

137 is the 33rd prime number; the next is 139, with which it comprises a twin prime, and thus 137 is a Chen prime.

In physics[edit]

  • The fine structure constant, a dimensionless physical constant, approximates 1/137, and the astronomer Arthur Eddington conjectured in 1929 that its reciprocal was in fact precisely the integer 137, which he claimed could be "obtained by pure deduction".[1] This conjecture was not widely adopted, and by the 1940s, the experimental values for the constant were clearly inconsistent with it (i.e. closer to 137.036).[2]

In esoterism[edit]

  • The fine structure constant of physics continues to convince esoterists that the universe has numerological fine tuning:[3] for example the age of the universe could be considered as roughly 137 times the square of a myriad of years.
  • The Hebrew word קבלה (Kabbalah) takes a Gematria value of 137. Kabbalah is generally taken to mean "receiving," as evident from its root in Hebrew k-b-l (kof-beit-lamed), to "receive". Nevertheless, an additional nuance of meaning can be derived from the first appearance of its root (k-b-l) in the Torah. In Exodus 26:5 and 36:12, the root k-b-l appears to imply a state of “corresponding” rather than “receiving.” It is used to describe the “corresponding loops” which, when clasped together, enjoined the two sections of the Tabernacle’s ceiling. These loops were suspended directly over the veil that divided the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. Symbolically, this is the threshold between the physical dimension and the utterly spiritual dimension. In other words, at the boundary line of the physical world, the number 137 emerges.
  • The number 7 occurs 137 times in the book of Revelation.
  • Chlorophyll's chemical formula is C55H72MgN4O5. This means there are a total of 137 atoms in every chlorophyll molecule.

In the military[edit]

In music[edit]

In transportation[edit]

In other fields[edit]

137 is also:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eddington, A.S., The Constants of Nature in "The World of Mathematics", Vol. 2 (1956) Ed. Newman, J.R., Simon and Schuster, pp. 1074-1093.
  2. ^ Helge Kragh, "Magic Number: A Partial History of the Fine-Structure Constant", Archive for History of Exact Sciences 57:5:395 (July, 2003) doi:10.1007/s00407-002-0065-7
  3. ^ The mystery of 137, www.integralworld.net

External links[edit]