painting Belshazzar's Feast by Rembrandt (1635), slightly altered by the author. The disembodied hand on the wall writes the fine structure constant rather than Hebrew letters in this version.

Why 137?

“Why 137?” was the question Nobel Prize winning physicist Wolfgang Pauli (1900-1958) was preoccupied with throughout his life. You see the fine structure constant, a dimensionless fundamental constant of physics, has a value nearly equal to 1/137. Here’s an overview: In his Nobel lecture delivered in Stockholm on 13 December… Read More »Why 137?

Location, Location, Location

It has long been known that the three most important factors determining real estate value are: location, location, location. I notice that this aphorism is true not only for residential and commercial properties, but also somewhat unexpectedly for sites having great symbolic and/or spiritual significance. My research reveals a previously… Read More »Location, Location, Location

Hidden Universal Symmetry

For millennia philosophers, mathematicians, architects, artists and mystics have been interested in the divine proportion, but its understanding has been highly fragmented. My recent work attempts to show how the divine proportion is a hidden universal symmetry worthy of comprehensive study and understanding. Euclid’s book Elements (300 BCE) contains the… Read More »Hidden Universal Symmetry

Cosmic Lottery

Physicist Max Tegmark has identified 32 dimensionless ratios that are basic properties of reality in his though-provoking book, Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality. These are 32 pure numbers from which every other fundamental constant of nature can be theoretically derived. In this illustration I… Read More »Cosmic Lottery

Recent Articles

I’ve recently written a few articles outside this site that you might enjoy. I was Graham Hancock’s author of the month back in September 2014 and I wrote “Measuring the Mystery” for that occasion, which features several images from my book Quantification that hint at many intriguing mysteries. Ancient Origins… Read More »Recent Articles