Alpha is the letter that is located in the first place of the Greek alphabet, located just before beta. Its name derives from a Phoenician letter known as alp ox. The alpha letter corresponds to the A in the Latin alphabet.
Because it is the initial letter of the Greek alphabet, alpha is often used to indicate the beginning of a thing. Similarly, omega (the last letter of that alphabet) denotes the end. In this sense, to speak of “alpha and omega” is to refer to the beginning and the end of something.
In the field of the Catholic religion, the expression “the Alpha and the Omega” is associated with Jesus Christ as the beginning and end of the totality of things. In the book of Revelation, a phrase can be read that shows this use of the concept in allusion to Jesus as God.
Gospel music, very popular in American culture but also in many parts of the world, very often mentions the terms Alpha and Omega, since its theme is exclusively religious. Given the passion that characterizes it, it is a clear example of the weight that these terms have for devotees, since they sing to their deity with legitimate adoration and intense feelings, giving their life and their destiny to it, expressing that their future depends on.
It is known as alpha particles to the helium nuclei that are fully ionized and, therefore, lack the usual electron shell. These nuclei are made up of a pair of neutrons and a pair of protons and are the result of some nuclear reaction.
In animal groups, the alpha individual, who depending on the species can be the male or the female, is the one who fulfills the role of leader and who the rest of the members of the community are obliged to follow. The alpha usually has certain privileges that other animals grant him, such as walking first and leading the group or eating first.
Alfa Romeo, meanwhile, is an automobile manufacturer that was founded in 1910 in the Italian city of Milan. Their cars are associated with luxury and high-quality design.
In the field of computer development, for example, an application or game is said to be in an alpha state when it has the minimum number of elements necessary to represent the main idea, but in no way could it be commercially distributed. For example, an action video game that consists of guiding a character through different scenarios, gathering a wide variety of items and special powers and facing endless enemies, requires a lot of artistic work, both graphic and musical and sound, to find a unique style that identifies it and makes it stand out.
However, all this is essential for the final product, but not to build the functional skeleton of the title, a version in which the characters and all the elements are simple geometric figures of different colors, where the scenarios do not have any type of detail and its background is a solid color, and in which there is no sound or music, or test tracks are used. This very early instance is called alpha, as it allows creators to observe their idea on the go, even though they need to make intensive use of the imagination to mentally replace what their eyes see with the desired look.