### Subject: Gravitational force equation: how convenient. Why?

Date: **Tue Jan 16 20:32:50 2001**

Posted by **David**

Grade level: **grad (non-science)**
School: **MTU**

City: **No city entered.** State/Province: **MI**
Country: **USA**

Area of science: **Astronomy**

ID: **979695170.As**

**Message:**

The equation that describes the magnitude of the gravitational force
between two objects (thanks, Sir Isaac Newton) is rather simple: F = (m1
* m1 * G)/d^2. My question can probably be asked of any number of
equations that describe the properties of our universe, but I'll choose
that one. Why do you suppose the equation IS that simple? In an
indifferently created universe wouldn't you think that it is more likely
that the formula would be something like F = (m1 * m2 * G)/d^2.00017094
or F = (m1 * m2 * G)/log3.1(77.9383001)? Or is the gravitational constant,
G, the 'fudge' factor I'm looking for? In all the speculated possible
universes, did we just get lucky that ours can be described in a
relatively straightforward manner?

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