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Earliest existence of particles and forces

I'm trying to understand the relation between particles and forces during the very early universe--the Planck epoch and subsequent stages as the fundamental forces separated. At what point did the ...
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Formal name for the “pianology” objection towards contemporary particle physics direction of research?

In a popular science book, an interesting objection towards the current direction of particle physics was stated. I tried to search for more on this, but got nowhere. Since I assume this is not an ...
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As anyone attempted to show that QM and GR cannot be unified? [duplicate]

Sometimes it possible to make very general statement about functional form of things and show, for example, that QM cannot be described by the use of hidden variable (I'm not a physicist in any sense, ...
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Interaction range of fundamental forces at a unification energies

At low energies, all fundamental forces have different coupling constants as well as an interaction ranges. As one know, at a some high energy (GUT energy $10^{14}$ GeV), all the coupling constants ...
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Spacetime as an independent yet interacting frame of reference for QM. Looking.for papers [duplicate]

We know that GR and QM are both valid and verified and yet for some reason they just don't want to go together. We say QM describes the microscopic while GR describes the macroscopic. I was thinking ...
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Unification of gravity and electromagnetism

Have there been any attempts at unifying gravity and electromagnetism at least at classical level since Hermann Weyl's idea of gauge principle (1918)? We now have Standard Model which is very ...
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How does physics research work? [closed]

I am going to try and be as short and as concise as possible. I was thinking these last few days about how we're still trying to discover a unified Theory of Everything. The question is: how is this ...
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What if quantum mechanics and general relativity are not connected? [duplicate]

The main objective in modern physics research is to find a way to unify quantum mechanics and general relativity thorugh a series of theoretical approaches called "quantum gravity theories" But what ...
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What is the motivation for developing a “theory of everything”?

What is the reason physicists are working so hard looking for a "theory of everything" and trying to unify gravity with quantum mechanics? Historically, new theories were always developed to explain ...
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Is there a unified field? [closed]

Does the same force that holds the electron in orbit around the proton hold the Earth in orbit around the sun.
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Why Einstein's unified field theory is believed not to work?

In his later life, Albert Einstein was trying to extend his general theory of relativity to incorporate electromagnetism and other fundamental forces with it, something he himself called "The theory ...
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Is Gravity still considered to be part of the “Superforce” which existed at the instant of the “Big Bang”

My limited understanding of the Big Bang is that all the Fundemental Forces (Electromagnetic, Weak Nuclear, Strong Nuclear and Gravity) were originally part of a "Superforce." As the universe cooled ...
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Faraday's Law and the Law of Inertia

Faraday's Law can be stated qualitatively as : Any loop (of wire) opposes/resists the change of magnetic flux through it. The Law of Inertia states that any physical object resists its change in ...
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Why do we say there are four fundamental forces in the Standard Model (if gravity is included)? [duplicate]

In my physics textbook (and in popular science culture) it is stated that there are four fundamental forces: electromagnetism, strong, weak, and gravity. But Wikipedia tells me that there is a ...
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Classification of $E_6$ symmetry breaking

Is there a good reference which details the various ways of breaking $E_6$ into smaller groups using Wilson lines? I'm looking for a list of discrete (Abelian) symmetries, e.g. $\mathbb{Z}_5$, and the ...
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Relation between electroweak force and gravity? [closed]

I'm really stuck on the following idea. For gravity to in any way be 'unified' with the electroweak interaction wouldn't it need to include a model whereby the electron somehow tunnels to within the ...
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Why did physicists in the 1950s and 1960s suspect the weak and EM interactions were at some level the same interaction?

Around the 1950s and 1960s there was a lot of work in particle physics motivated by two issues - finding a workable quantum field model for the weak interaction, and finding a model that unified the ...
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Mathematical challenge for unification of gravity and electromagnetism in classical theory?

I am trying to better understand the mathematical foundations of a possible reconciliation between quantum field theory and gravity in general relativity. However, before the application of the ...
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Attempt to understand the Kaluza-Klein theory

I'm currently doing an internship on Kaluza-Klein theory. by reading some articles, I don't understand some things that seem easy to authors for example : In this article https://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/...
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Einstein's last attempt

Are there any good sources on Einstein's attempt to unify general relativity with electrodynamics, a unified field theory, before he died?
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Attributing direction as well as metrical structure to space - What did Einstein mean?

In notes from a lecture on The Concept of Space delivered by Einstein - 6 June, 1930 - it was reported: … he himself had faith that the idea of attributing direction as well as metrical structure ...
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Is String Theory the end of (currently known) physics? [closed]

Assuming that String Theory were true, does it explain all the currently known physics? Or are there anything that is known to exist and that even String Theory would not be able to explain?
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Who are the present 'superstars' pursuing significant breakthroughs toward a Theory of Everything (TOE)? [closed]

What are the main problems remaining to create a Theory of Everything (TOE) and who are some of the main contemporaries pursuing the TOE?
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Einstein's attempts at a unified field theory

Does anyone know where to find an English translation of Einstein's papers re his attempts to unify electromagnetism and gravity? Einheitliche Feldtheorie von Gravitation und Elektrizität and ...
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Why can increasing energy, the weak force and the EM-force become a similar force?

When the heat of the universe was much higher it seems that the weak force and the EM-force was combined into the electro weak force. For a layman the EM-force and the weak force look quite different,...
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Why to unify gravity with the other forces if gravity isn't really a force?

As I understand, the Theory of General Relativity says that the force of gravity doesn't exist. The planets move in elliptical orbits because the spacetime is curved by the mass of the sun, not ...
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Why is there a need to unify quantum mechanics and general relativity and what is meant by such a unification?

If general relativity (GR) describes gravity as a fictitious force, then shouldn't it be easy to quantize gravity in the sense that the spacetime distortion of a body changes in discrete values as a ...
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Why did Kaluza need to invent a new theory to unify general relativity and electromagnetism?

Wikipedia (and many other sources) say that by extending the number of spacetime dimensions from four to five, Kaluza–Klein theory unifies general relativity and electromagnetism into a single theory. ...
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Splitting the Fundamental Forces

So one interesting idea in physics is that at higher energy levels, fundamental forces fuse together (ex: Electricity and Magnetism into Electromagnetism) and (Eletromagnetism + Weak Force -> ...
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Is it true the Michio Kaku has completed a unified field theory started by Einstein by making use of string theory? [duplicate]

This professor has a few documentaries available explaining science to the layman like myself and he showed an equation no longer then a sentence that he says unifies all the know forces and particles ...
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What is the minimum set of hypotheses which the present physics is based on? [duplicate]

Based on nowadays human understanding, what are the most fundamental hypotheses or principles in present physics which could deduce all other formula/theorem/details/applications?
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How did Einstein plan to Unify Electromagnetism and Gravity?

I'm asking the question on this site because I'm more concerned with the physics and philosophy of unification than historical details I know that Einsteins description of gravity includes curvature ...
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Does any unifying theory explain why nature is Chiral?

I'm currently studying particle physics and find the experimental fact that massless particles are always left-handed quite surprising.In fact, the need to add projectors in the lagrangian seems not ...
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How does string theory try to Unite Quantum mechanics with General relativity?

I've always thought that the reason we had trouble unifying Quantum mechanics and General relativity is: Quantum mechanics is defined "on" space time and time doesn't vary because of energy. Time is ...
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Reformulating QFT to exclude space-time basis

This is, I guess, a pretty loose or general question and so I hope it's ok to post in this forum. But I suppose this is what science is all about: asking and seeing what happens. It is just personal ...
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Why does the Standard Model not unify $SU(3)$ and $SU(2)\times U(1)$?

I am struggling with the definition of a unification. I read this question and i am wondering why the standard model is not unifying strong and weak force according to the given definition of a ...
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Are the fundamental forces unified in a black hole?

Regarding the question of unification of the forces it is usually presented the following diagram: So it seems the matter of whether the forces are unified or not relates to how high the energy is. ...
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Massless particles in a universe with compact extra-dimensions

One common idea behind many extensions to the Standard Model (such as String Theory or Kaluza-Klein Theory) are small or hidden "Extra-Dimensions", that are compactified. According to my ...
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Modifying Heisenberg's Unified field theory with gravity

How would Heisenberg's unified field equations (as presented in "Introduction to Unified Field Theory of Elementary Particles" by Heisenberg) be represented if gravity is incorporated? Would it result ...
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Is it possible that there is a 5th force or is it proven that there is no other force?

I heard about in high energy the 4 fundamental forces can combine. They were not separated until $10^{-11}$ seconds after the big bang and as the univers gets cold, they begun to seperate. Is it ...
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What does it mean to say that “the fundamental forces of nature were unified”?

It is said that immediately after the Big Bang, the fundamental forces of nature were unified. It is also said that later they decoupled, becoming separate forces. Indeed, if we look at the list of ...
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Geometric interpretation of mass [closed]

I have a question about the definition of mass. In general relativity mass is closely related the curvature of spacetime, which indicates that mass might be interpreted as a geometric concept (maybe ...
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Is there a path to go from GR, to Gravitational Waves, to Gravitational Particles (Gravitons), to Quantum Gravity?

The articles on the subject often say : a part of the mass of the 2 celestial bodies became energy for gravitational waves after merging : E(gravitational waves) = (M1 + M2 - M_merged).c^2 ...
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Is there a theory where there are (recursively) infinitely smaller particles?

So I read that electrons are just points, with no mass, and furthermore, protons look like they have some "size" but that's really 3 "point-like" quarks. We first thought atoms were the smallest ...
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Should 4 fundamental forces really be 3 because of electroweak unification?

I read @ http://www.particleadventure.org/ Physicists concluded that, in fact, the weak and electromagnetic forces have essentially equal strengths. This is because the strength of the interaction ...
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How do physicists develop theories? [closed]

I'm wondering about the way physicists develop "unified theories" and models about the universe, like string theory, or quantum mechanics. People (on this forum for example) often say things like "at ...
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Unification: what does it mean for the forces to become equal?

The Coulomb force constant $k_c$ has si-units of $Nm^2C^{-2}$. The gravitational force constant $G$ has si-units of $Nm^2kg^{-2}$. What does it mean that at very high energies these forces become ...
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What is it exactly that conflicts when trying to unify all 4 fundamental forces? [duplicate]

Everyone knows that there are 4 fundamental forces: Gravity Electromagnetic Weak Strong At school and university you're taught that no one has been able to unify these 4 fources. However, not a ...
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Is it possible that there is more than one entirely correct unified field theory? [closed]

As we approach a more and more solid limit to the data we can get in physics, we find that there are multiple possible explanations (although they are not whole). Is it possible that instead of a ...
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Why didn't we have inflation when the theory of everything and GUTS broke symmetry?

I asked this in astronomy and they suggested I ask it here. Inflation seems to have occurred when the symmetry breaking of the electroweak occurred. But do we know of any reason why we did not have ...