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Einstein's Theory of Relativity

weak nuclear force, strong nuclear force, mathematical patterns, fundamental forces, complex character

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An important trend in modern theoretical physics is to find a theory of everything (TOE), in which all four of the fundamental forces are seen to be really different aspects of the same single universal force. Physicists already have unified electromagnetism and the weak nuclear force and have made progress in joining these two forces with the strong nuclear force (see Grand Unification Theories). However, relativistic gravitation, with its geometric and mathematically complex character, poses the most difficult challenge. Einstein spent most of his later years searching for an all-encompassing theory by trying to make electromagnetism geometrical like gravitation. The modern approach is to try to make gravitation fit the pattern of the other fundamental forces. Much of this work involves looking for mathematical patterns. A TOE is difficult to test using experiments because the effects of a TOE would be important only in the rarest circumstances.



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