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Is there a reason there is no "Alpha" Article, but instead an "Alpha (letter)"? It would seem better to have an "Alpha" article, and an "Alpha (letter)" to describe the cases where the greek letter is used. -- Egil 13:41 Apr 15, 2003 (UTC)

That's right. SCCarlson 01:36 Apr 16, 2003 (UTC)
It might be that way, to exploit the "pipe trick". This link -- alpha -- displays as alpha but links to the "alpha (letter)" article. --Uncle Ed 14:29 Apr 15, 2003 (UTC)
As I recently discovered, the pipe trick is even neater: [[alpha (letter)|]] displays as alpha. SCCarlson 01:36 Apr 16, 2003 (UTC)

Is alpha really used as a symbol for direct proportionality in mathematics? So far as I know, what is used is a symbol which looks like an elongated alpha, but is not in fact a Greek letter.

Alpha is a cool name. By the way I think it is, it says on certain websites. Thomas Bell, widnes Tom Jo:)


I've rolled back to the last version prior to the redirect. - brenneman{L} 14:55, 22 March 2006 (UTC)


I have recently been thinking about moving [1] to [2]. Please tell me what you think soon.--Veraladeramanera (talk) 19:45, 12 November 2008 (UTC)

NO. Do not do this without gaining consensus. These are as they should be. 21:15, 12 November 2008 (UTC) Dlohcierekim 21:16, 12 November 2008 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

The following is a closed discussion of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the proposal was no consensus to move. --RegentsPark (sticks and stones) 23:26, 14 September 2009 (UTC)

Alpha (letter)Alpha — The letter is definitely the primary usage, with all other usages derived from the existence of the letter. @harej 05:40, 6 September 2009 (UTC)

Comment. The stated rationale is the claim that Alpha (letter) came first. That is irrelevant; WP:PRIMARYTOPIC is not about what is oldest. --Una Smith (talk) 04:57, 7 September 2009 (UTC)

  • Oppose. At first I was pretty sure that the letter was primary topic here, but after looking at the page view statistics I have to disagree. Alpha particle, for example, gets more page views than this page,[3][4] and I'd assume that "alpha" is a common search term for the particle. Alpha (biology) also comes close to the page views of this page.[5] Yes, these usages derive from the letter, but what we're concerned about here is making it as easy as possible for readers to find the right article. Moving the letter to Alpha would force a lot of readers to click three times to find the article they were looking for, instead of two clicks when the first one brings them to a disambiguation page. Jafeluv (talk) 23:20, 9 September 2009 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

Greek spelling of 'alpha'[edit]

The ancient Greek spelling of 'alpha' starts with the letter " ἄ " rather than " ά ". The difference is that the first letter indicates that the following first vowel of the word is not aspirated, i.e. there is no 'h'.

Please refer to

The German version of the page also uses " ἄ ".

Edit request from, 5 May 2011[edit]

Please remove explicit impertinent photos...there are FOUR (talk) 16:21, 5 May 2011 (UTC)

Not done: no idea what you mean. — Bility (talk) 16:48, 5 May 2011 (UTC)

Edit request on 22 January 2012[edit]

In the brief "Math and science" portion of the Alpha article, there should be a sentence or phrase which refers to the fact that Alpha is also used to represent the fine-structure constant in physics, preferrably with a hyperlink to the "fine-structure constant" page itself. As for sources of this information, please see those cited on the fine-structure constant page. The fine-structure constant represents the strength of electromagnetic interaction in matter, is one of the tools key to understanding the fundamental constituent properties of the universe, and has been in use since 1916. Justinwilliamm (talk) 00:01, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

 Done Check and tell me if this is what you were saying. --SMS Talk 03:44, 23 January 2012 (UTC)
Yes that is exactly what I was hoping to have added, thank you. (talk) 13:34, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 15 November 2013[edit]

Symbolically, it is an upwardly pointing arrow arising above the horizontal (horizon) line. Words beginning with this letter often have the meaning of "arising" or "arising above." GreekAlphabeta (talk) 14:40, 15 November 2013 (UTC)GreekAlphabetaGreekAlphabeta (talk) 14:40, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

No, they don't. Please stop trying to push the delirious stupidities of that crackpot website onto Wikipedia. Our project here works on the basis of what reputable academic literature says, not on the basis of the speculative whims of some amateur out on the internet. Fut.Perf. 14:50, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 1 August 2014[edit]

Hello, I want to add in the article that the Phoenician alphabet itself a descendant of Egyptian hieroglyphs. --POTDL (talk) 14:59, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

I was under the impression that the relation between Phoenician and Hieroglyphic is still rather unclear and speculative. We'd need to have some very authoritative sourcing to indicate that this is now a commonly accepted view. Besides, I don't really see how this is particularly relevant to each individual letter article. Fut.Perf. 15:20, 1 August 2014 (UTC)
Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. Anupmehra -Let's talk! 15:36, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

First of all, I don't think that there are many people will read every article about that; so I think should you condense the informations, no need to talking about that because everything is clear and exist here, this in Aleph article "shape of the letter derives from a Proto-Sinaitic glyph based on a Egyptian hieroglyphs F1". As for Anupmehra primarily I can't editing the article --POTDL (talk) 16:27, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 8 January 2015[edit]

I'd like to request clarification on the two distinct IPA phonemes that point to the same link:

"In Ancient Greek, alpha was pronounced [a] when short and [aː] when long."

Both [a] and [aː] link to the "" IPA number 304; yet according the "" they are in fact two different sounds.

In short, please change:

[a] -> British English cut [to, perhaps, "". IPA number 325]

SOURCES: (talk) 17:33, 8 January 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for raising this matter. I've changed the link to point to Open central unrounded vowel, which seems to be the more appropriate target here. (There's an unfortunate, general ambiguity in the meaning of the IPA symbol "a" which is at play here.) Fut.Perf. 17:48, 8 January 2015 (UTC)

External links modified[edit]

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Sporadic uses[edit]

Please let's not make mentions, nevermind sections, about sporadic uses in a discipline or things that have been named "Alpha". That would an endless list. We have a list of widely-recognized things where the letter Alpha is consistently used to represent something. Let's stick to that. I'm referring in particular to this edit by @Azurevanilla ash: which I reverted without an edit summary because I can't click buttons. LjL (talk) 12:10, 18 October 2015 (UTC)