large number hypothesis


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large number hypothesis

[′lärj ‚nəm·bər hī′päth·ə·səs]
(physics)
The hypothesis that there is a physical basis for the approximate equality of two numbers on the order of 1040: the ratio of the electrostatic to the gravitational force between a proton and an electron in a hydrogen atom, and the ratio of the age of the universe to the time required for light to cross an elementary particle diameter.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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