Foundations of Physics

, Volume 18, Issue 11, pp 1093–1139

A neo-intuitive proposal for Kaluza-Klein unification

Authors

  • Steven M. Rosen
    • Department of PhilosophyCollege of Staten Island of the City University of New York
Part V. Invited Papers Dedicated To David Bohm

DOI: 10.1007/BF01892950

Cite this article as:
Rosen, S.M. Found Phys (1988) 18: 1093. doi:10.1007/BF01892950

Abstract

This paper addresses a central question of contemporary theoretical physics: Can a unified account be provided for the known forces of nature? The issue is brought into focus by considering the recently revived Kaluza-Klein approach to unification, a program entailing dimensional transformation through cosmogony. First it is demonstrated that, in a certain sence, revitalized Kaluza-Klein theory appears to undermine the intuitive foundations of mathematical physics, but that this implicit consequence has been repressed at a substantial cost. A fundamental reformulation of the Kaluza-Klein strategy is then undertaken, one that casts it within a new intuitive context. This is followed by a provisional application of the suggested approach to the specific problem of cosmological change. The paper concludes by exploring the far-reaching epistemological implications of the “neo-intuitive” proposal set forth.

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