David Cumming replies

I laughed at the God Equation. The author writes to assure me it is very scientific. I laugh some more.

Dear Dr. Myers,

I didn't believe the equation either. I am a skeptic and a great fan of people like Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, etc. so please don't tar this with the pseudoscience brush because it's not appropriate in this case.

I'd ask you to consider the following. In the equation, pi divided by 0.0123456789 equals the 21 cm wavelength for the hydrogen fine transition.

So the equation is frequency of hydrogen fine transition times wavelength of hydrogen fine transition equals the speed of light - a straight down the line 100 per cent correct physics equation.

The Thoms (or megalithic yards) are just a conversion factor that occurs on both sides of the equation and so can be taken out of the equation by simple arithmetic. They are in the equation because this directly relates the equation to the polar circumference of the Earth.

I hope this makes it clear. I understand the implications are mind-boggling. But the equation is simple physics and will become mainstream knowledge.

If you're not acquainted with the physics, please get a friend knowledgeable in physics to check this.

Kind regards,

David

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