Ever science I can remember I was
fascinated by the idea that if an ant was to crawl around the inside of a clock
– if it or its ancestors would ever understand the passage of time as we
interrupt the it. Time tightly coupled with space and affected by relativistic
factors. I guess I have overtime refined my thinking to consider whether man
can ever really comprehend the complexity of the universe - everything.

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We don't after all expect dogs or cats, to
be able to figure out everything about the universe. And in the sweep of
evolution, I doubt that we are the last word in intelligence. There might well
be higher levels of intelligence later, which again, are unable to understand
everything. Complexity may be logarithmic and approach infinity rendering it
just un-understandable.

A proof for the 1637 theorem (Fermat’s
last theorem) was finally published in 1995 despite the efforts of countless
mathematicians during the 358 intervening years. The unsolved problem
stimulated the development of algebraic number theory in the 19th century and
the proof of the modularity theorem in the 20

^{th}. And yet, Fermat's Last Theorem would fade in comparison to the infinitely complex and wondrous universe.**2**

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Having said that
it is amazing just how much we have gleaned about the universe from a tiny
distant and largely insignificant vantage point. Which brings me to my next and
related fascination.

That is - does the universe even exist if
mankind isn’t there to perceive it? I know this type of a question has been
asked in many forms over the centuries, including for example; If a tree falls in a forest and no one is
around to hear it, does it make a sound – a philosophical thought
experiment that raises questions regarding observation and knowledge of
reality.

So without a conscious
observer [us] does the universe exist?
Quantum physics has taught us that reality is not what it seems. Sub atomic
particles for example are believed not to hold a position in space until they
are observed. Their location otherwise
is governed by a probability wave. The more we discover about the location of
an electron (say) the less we can know about its mass and speed. QED goes much
much further.

Now this has some
interesting implications that inspire all sorts of theories. One such theory is
that everything that is possible does happen in one dimension or another
simultaneously (parallel universe) which places "responsibility" on
the observer to interpret which "reality" or "universe" is
manifesting. A consistent
theory of everything that ignores consciousness is probably (philosophically)
impossible. You need an observer who looks at the universe. This includes of
course universal constants or important numbers.

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Physics, in particular cosmology is full
of physical constants or
physical quantities that is generally believed to be both universal in nature
and constant in time. Some of the most widely recognized being the speed of
light in vacuum

*c*, the gravitational constant*G*, Planck's constant*h*, the electric constant ε_{0}, and the elementary charge.
So, once again, are these empirical truths
that have been discovered or if it is simply
invented by us to co-construct reality. The Classical Greek philosopher Plato
was of the view that math was discoverable, and that it is what underlies the
very structure of our universe. He believed that by following the intransient
inbuilt logic of math, a person would discover the truths independent of human
observation and free of the transient nature of physical reality.

So the question remains; if
a mathematical theory goes undiscovered, does it truly exist? Maybe this will
be the next “does a tree falling in the forest make any sound if no one is
there to hear it?”

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What follows is the 13 most important
numbers in the Universe based on James D. Stein's Cosmic Numbers - Popular
Mechanics. But the numbers on this list are of cosmic importance— they are the
fundamental concepts that define our universe, that make the existence of life
possible and that will decide the ultimate fate of the universe

1.
The Universal Gravitational Constant

2.
The Speed of Light

3.
The Ideal Gas Constant

4.
Absolute Zero

5.
Avogadro's Number

6.
The
Relative Strength of Electricity and Gravity

7.
Boltzmann's Constant

8.
Planck's Constant

9.
The Schwarzschild Radius

10. The Efficiency
of Hydrogen Fusion

11. The
Chandrasekhar Limit

12. The Hubble
Constant

13. Omega

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/space/13-most-important-numbers-in-the-universe#slide-7

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