Talk:137 (number)

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It was at one time thought to be exactly 1/137

New to me. Who did in fact think this? Do you have any reference? AFAIK α has always been e^2/hbar.c, so why would anyone expect this to be the reciprocal of an integer?

The physicist Arthur Eddington. See

No, Eddington's magic number was 136.
So it would seem that MathTrek is misinformed.

Herbee 2004-02-07

Why is this tibit of information important?[edit]

"Interestingly, the number 137, when viewed upside down, resembles the word LEI."

What is LEI? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Atlacatl (talkcontribs) 23:31, 7 April 2008 (UTC) Lei is the flower necklace given to visitors to Hawaii.

In Portuguese, it is 'the law', and you can't argue with that! --DStanB (talk) 23:24, 3 March 2013 (UTC)

Can anyone supply a citation for 137 as the number of Cabala? I've seen conflicting references to this fact elsewhere on the internet and the Cabala article doesn't clarify. This seems like an important coincidence of mysticism and reality... —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:32, 17 April 2008 (UTC)

A citation is not strictly necessary here, as the relationship may be generated from first principles by anyone, requiring only the Hebrew spelling of Qabalah (Kabbalah) and access to the table of Gematria letter values. I have already added this known fact to the main article. More interesting is the way that Gershom Scholem - late expert in all forms of Jewish Mysticism - was the first to make a connection between the gematria of Kabbalah and the universal Fine Structure Constant, on a visit to the office of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman.--DStanB (talk) 23:18, 3 March 2013 (UTC)

1/137 has interesting properties- it not only has a repeating portion, but this repeat is itself palindromic, and when aligned against another sequence of 1/137 below or above it, 180 degrees out of synch (or 136/137 aligned along the decimal), the numbers are complements of 9. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:17, 31 May 2011 (UTC)

I should imagine that is using 10 as the base. Other bases are possible. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:22, 20 May 2014 (UTC)


The remarks about the Ancient Egyptians are close to rambling. The writer is not a native speaker of English. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:17, 19 May 2014 (UTC)

I have removed it per wp:unsourced, and not sufficiently related to this article. - DVdm (talk) 14:29, 20 May 2014 (UTC)