Roger Penrose quote

"There are considerable mysteries surrounding the strange values that Nature's actual particles have for their mass and charge. For example, there is the unexplained 'fine structure constant' ... governing the strength of electromagnetic interactions, ...."

Roger Penrose

Born: August 8, 1931

Occupation: Physicist

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