Kaluza-Klein model

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I wonder why Klauza-Klein theory was discarded. According to the article:
"www.weylmann.com/kaluza.pdf"[/URL]
this model reproduces almost exactly the action of gravitation field coupled
to the electrodynamic field. What are the drawbacks of this theory?
At first sight it looks very promising.
 
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Nabeshin
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Well there is the whole unobserved dimension thing... :rolleyes:
 
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Sure, but if the equations are correct ...
 
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JesseM
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Well there is the whole unobserved dimension thing... :rolleyes:
That's hardly a conflict with observation, since the Kaluza-Klein theory predicts that one dimension is "compact" (rolled up like the second dimension of the surface of a hose) just like in string theory. I suppose string theory brings up one possible answer to the OP's question--the original Kaluza-Klein theory was not a quantum theory, and so it presumably couldn't reproduce the experimentally-verified predictions of quantum electrodynamics (which differ in some cases from those of classical electromagnetism).

Here's a review paper on Kaluza-Klein theory and later quantum generalizations of the idea:

http://arxiv.org/abs/grqc/9805018
 

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