Kaluza-klein-theory meaning

kə-lo͝ozə-klīn
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.
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Any of various physical theories introducing dimensions additional to the four dimensions of space and time.
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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.
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Any of a number of theories that try to explain forces by adding extra dimensions to our spacetime.
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Origin of kaluza-klein-theory

  • After Theodor Kaluza (1885–1954), German mathematician and physicist and Oskar Klein (1894–1977), Swedish physicist

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition