Authors: Willard Mittelman
We consider a recent attempt by Gogberashvili and Kanatchikov to connect the value of the fine structure constant α with cosmological parameters. After pointing out an error in the authors' account, we show that by modifying their treatment of dark energy a suitable value of a can still be obtained using current values of the relevant cosmological parameters. We also address the question of α's determination in earlier cosmological eras
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