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A Note On Einstein, Bergmann, and the Fifth Dimension

  title={A Note On Einstein, Bergmann, and the Fifth Dimension},
  author={Edward Witten},
  journal={arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics},
  • E. Witten
  • Published 2014
  • Physics, Philosophy
  • arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics
This note is devoted to a detail concerning the work of Albert Einstein and Peter Bergmann on unified theories of electromagnetism and gravitation in five dimensions. In their paper of 1938, Einstein and Bergmann were among the first to introduce the modern viewpoint in which a four-dimensional theory that coincides with Einstein-Maxwell theory at long distances is derived from a five-dimensional theory with complete symmetry among all five dimensions. But then they drew back, modifying the… Expand

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