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Our Rare Universe (Trilogy Part 2 cont,)

By Terry Loucks  Posted by Ursula Siebert (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 6 pages)     (# of views)   1 comment
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Another example is the difference in mass between the proton and the neutron, which turns out to be perfect. A difference other than .2% would have resulted only in neutrons, and therefore no protons and no atoms.

Continuing, the amount of matter compared to anti-matter in the first fraction of a second after the Big Bang was such that in spite of massive annihilations the universe ended up matter and not antimatter.

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A very good example of a coincidence that is too good to be true, and therefore a candidate for future physics principles, is the fine-structure constant. It has many meanings or definitions; it is known to incredible accuracy; but it remains an enigma to physicists.

According to the highly regarded Richard Feynman, "Nobody knows. It's one of the greatest damn mysteries of physics: a magic number that comes to us with no understanding by man."

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