I find in Martin Rees "Just Six Numbers" that hydrogen undergoes fusion to helium with a mass energy conversion of .007, that is, the mass of the helium formed is less than the mass of the hydrogen by this ratio.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Is it a coincidence that this number is the same as the fine structure constant from QED which I find described in

http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/physics/FineStructureConstant.html

?

I have pretty much convinced myself that it is, but would appreciate confirmation or correction if necessary. My doubt has to do with the notion that QED relates to electromagnetic events involving electrons and photons, while nuclear reactions are governed by the electro-weak force, confined to the nucleus.

Thanks for any help.

nc

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# Nuclear efficiency and the fine structure constant?

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