Kaluza-Klein theoryKa·lu·za-Klein theory
- A theory that seeks to unify the force of electromagnetism as described by Maxwell's equations and the force of gravity as described by general relativity, explaining each as manifestations of a single fundamental force and introducing a hypothetical fifth dimension.
- Any of various physical theories introducing dimensions additional to the four dimensions of space and time.
Origin of Kaluza-Klein theoryAfter Theodor Kaluza, (1885–1954), German mathematician and physicist, and Oskar Klein, (1894–1977), Swedish physicist.
(plural Kaluza-Klein theories)
- A theory (no longer accepted) developed by physicists Theodor Kaluza and Oskar Klein that attempted to combine gravity and electromagnetism by adding a fifth dimension to our four-dimensional spacetime.
- Any of a number of theories that try to explain forces by adding extra dimensions to our spacetime.