Picking Physicists' Locks
From Scientific American:
Measured to be equal to 1/137.03599976, or approximately 1/137, [the fine-structure constant] has endowed the number 137 with a legendary status among physicists (it usually opens the combination locks on their briefcases).
So now you know, too.
Posted on June 15, 2005 at 8:10 AM • 73 Comments