24 April, 2013

A To Z Challenge: Unified Theory And Unraveling The Universe's Mysteries

Unified theory, also known as Grand Unified Theory (GUT) or the Theory of Everything (TOE), is the name for an as-yet undiscovered theory that would unite all the known physical forces into one complete theory. Since Albert Einstein physicists have been attempting to combine gravitation, the strong nuclear force, the weak nuclear force, and electromagnetism, and by so doing discover a fundamental equation or system that governs the universe.

One theory that holds promise toward producing a unified theory is M-theory. Gathering the attention of physicists like Stephen Hawking and Brian Greene, M-theory is the unification of five separate string theories, which it can combine by adding an additional 11th dimension. It's still being hashed out--but string theory has potential to successfully combine all known forces into one.

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Sources:
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/614522/unified-field-theory
http://physics.about.com/od/physicsmtop/g/M-Theory.htm
http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/research/gr/public/qg_ss.html
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/M-theory
http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-stephen-hawking-cedars-sinai-20130410,0,7704203.story
http://phys.org/news/2011-03-elegant-multiverse-professor-brian-greene.html

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Do you think scientists will develop a unified theory/GUT/TOE within the next few decades? Do you think it will have a effect on society, or that we haven't achieved enough to really take advantage of a fundamental theory?


-----The Golden Eagle

25 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

But at the moment, it's still just a theory...
Sorry, couldn't resist!

D.G. Hudson said...

My hubs reads a lot of physics books, but isn't fond of string theory.

My preference is for an alternate universe.

M Pax said...

The Cern and other particle physics experiments are so fascinating. We get closer to a universal theory.

Old Kitty said...

Just shows how awesomely massively huge the universe doesn't it!?!? Great stuff! Take care
x

Jay Noel said...

I find the updates at CERN just incredible. I think as we expand our knowledge of quantum physics, our understanding of the universe will obvious become more profound.

But I doubt we'll know everything.

mshatch said...

Wow, that is very cool. I'm going to have to check out your links. I think it will be a while before we see the effects of this knowledge.

Brian said...

I think the discoveries yet to come will be most amazing!

Pat Hatt said...

So in theory it's just a theory that is theorized by stringing together other theories? lol

Madeline Jane said...

You know, sometimes the world just blows my mind. It's just so. . . complicated. I can't even put it into words. ;)

Emily R. King said...

My brain doesn't even know how to process that. Really. I. Can't...What were you saying? :)

Liz said...

I figure they'll come up with some unified theory, but it'll bring up all sorts of other questions. Did you know at the end of the 19th century they thought they were almost done with physics? That they had just about figured out everything that needed figuring out? How wrong they were...

Jeff Hargett said...

And if my wife masters this theory then she really will know everything. Seriously though, it's quite fascinating. I just wish I had the brainpower to understand a fraction of it.

Crystal Collier said...

I kind of a fan of the whole string theory thing, though I don't know all the different angles people have taken on it. Gosh I would love to explode my brain with some of this stuff. --Another reason why I really need to develop that time-stopper. Hey, you're science minded! Want to come work for me on a really-cool but probably-impossible project? I pay in cheese.

Jan Newman said...

There are too many things to link together, and many are still theoretical. It'll take longer than decades.

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

So technically, a "theory" is never a declaration of absolute truth. I don't know, but there are some mighty clever minds out there working on these sort of things.

C. Lee McKenzie said...

I'm in awe of scientists who think at this level.

Maurice Mitchell said...

The search for knowledge will never end and Hawkins is one of the few true geniuses in the world.

Mark Noce said...

I'm a string theory guy personally:) I know they're striving to reconcile general relativity with quantum mechanics...best of luck:)

Charles Gramlich said...

I have my doubts that we're ready to develop a theory of everything yet.

Cherie Reich said...

Ooo, it sounds really cool! It'll be neat to see if the theory works out.

Maria Dunn said...

Personally I don't find string theory viable. But I agree that the universe is amazingly complex. Who can know it?! God bless, maria at Delight Directed Living

The Golden Eagle said...

Alex: Er, you've lost me there . . .

D.G.: Brian Greene has talked about alternative universes. It's an interesting idea!

Mary: I love finding out what they're discovering in the field.

Old Kitty: It does!

Jay: I don't think humanity can ever know everything.

Mshatch: I do, too.

Brian: Agreed. :)

Pat: Well . . . in a nutshell, that's about right.

Madeline: It fascinates me how intricate the universe is.

Emily: Something about physics. ;)

Liz: I'd heard that. It's amazing how much more there was to discover--and hopefully, how much there is yet to be discovered!!

Jeff: LOL. I suppose there are advantages to keeping universal mysteries a secret, eh?

Crystal: I like string theory, too, though I'm not completely sold on its premises.

Cheese is fine with me. :) I'd love to work on a science project anyhow!

Jan: Maybe. I hope they find something sooner, though.

Duncan: It's one of the more interesting facets of science--it's constantly evolving as new information comes in.

Lee: Me, too!

Maurice: He's a brilliant person.

Mark: Yeah . . . good luck with combining the quantum with the regular universe. It's a mighty complicated picture!

Charles: I don't think so, either, at least no immediately.

Cherie: Indeed it will be!

Maria: There are holes, certainly. I just wonder if another scientist or group of scientists will come up with another leading theory.

Jagoda said...

That day (when it all comes together under one theory) will be an interesting day!
Jagoda

Paul Tobin said...

Lovely photo. I am learning so much on this challenge. i shall go and look up Mtheory

The Golden Eagle said...

Jagoda: I can't wait for the day it's here.

Paul: Brian Greene wrote an interesting book called The Elegant Universe in which he talks a bit about M-theory. I highly recommend it.