TY - JOUR
AB - In science, as in life, "surprises" can be adequately appreciated only in the presence of a null model, what we expect a priori. In physics, theories sometimes express the values of dimensionless physical constants as combinations of mathematical constants like π or e. The inverse problem also arises, whereby the measured value of a physical constant admits a "surprisingly" simple approximation in terms of well-known mathematical constants. Can we estimate the probability for this to be a mere coincidence, rather than an inkling of some theory? We answer the question in the most naive form.
AU - Amir, Ariel
AU - Lemeshko, Mikhail
AU - Tokieda, Tadashi
ID - 1204
IS - 6
JF - American Mathematical Monthly
TI - Surprises in numerical expressions of physical constants
VL - 123
ER -