Calculation of Fine Structure Constants

  • Steven Weinberg
Part of the Progress in Physics book series (PMP, volume 9)


The title of my talk may seem a bit ambitious, but please note the plural “constants”. To calculate the fine structure constant, 1/137, we would need a realistic model of just about everything, and this we do not have. In this talk I want to return to the old question of what it is that determines gauge couplings in general, and try to prepare the ground for a future realistic calculation.


Gauge Group Gauge Coupling Compact Manifold Effective Field Theory Matter Field 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven Weinberg
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  1. 1.Theory GroupPhysics Department University of TexasAustinUSA

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