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Constants, Fundamental

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Author(s)

Barry N. Taylor, Peter J. Mohr

Abstract

This article touches upon three main topics: (1) the motivation for the romance of the next decimal place, or why the fundamental physical constants are important and why their determination with ever smaller uncertainties can have a profound effect on physics; (2) how a self-consistent set of best values of the fundamental constants is obtained, with emphasis on the 2002 least-squared adjustment of the values of the constants (the most recent comprehensive study carried out); and (3) future trends where the field is heading over the next 5 to 10 years.
Citation
Encyclopedia of Physics

Keywords

2002 CODATA recommended values of the fu, CODATA, data analysis, fundamental constants, least-squares adjustments

Citation

Taylor, B. and Mohr, P. (2008), Constants, Fundamental, Encyclopedia of Physics (Accessed April 16, 2024)
Created October 16, 2008