Unseen Forces: Beyond the 4 We Know?

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In summary, the conversation discusses the possibility of there being more than four forces in the universe. The participants question whether these forces are simply undetectable or if they are related to charge and mass. They also bring up the concept of color and flavor in particle physics. Ultimately, the conversation concludes by pondering why nature has chosen the Standard Model with its four forces instead of a different set.
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Why only four forces? Are there more and we just can't feel them or experience them. What would they be?
 
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How would we know there are more than four forces if we can't observe them experimentally?
 
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Maybe there is only one force only relative to charge and mass?
 
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brjense said:
Maybe there is only one force only relative to charge and mass?

What about color and flavor?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flavor_(particle_physics )
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_charge
 
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In my opinion, the question should have been if there was once a single force (in a unified theory) how did we end up with 4 forces instead of some other set? Or, in other words, why did nature choose the Standard Model as the subgroup it would be spontaneously broken to... :smile:
If there were more forces, we would have seen them?
 

Related to Unseen Forces: Beyond the 4 We Know?

1. What are the four known forces in the universe?

The four known forces in the universe are gravity, electromagnetism, strong nuclear force, and weak nuclear force.

2. What is the definition of an unseen force?

An unseen force is a force that cannot be directly observed or measured, but its effects can be observed.

3. What are examples of unseen forces?

Examples of unseen forces include dark matter, dark energy, and the Higgs field.

4. How do scientists study unseen forces?

Scientists study unseen forces through various methods including mathematical equations, experiments, and observations of their effects on known particles and systems.

5. What is the significance of understanding unseen forces?

Understanding unseen forces can help us better understand the universe and its workings, and potentially unlock new technologies and advancements in science and technology.

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