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The GUT mission Right at the forefront of modern science is the exciting (and possibly impossible) mission to unify the four fundamental forces set out in what is known as the standard model. While scientist’s current ambitions are generally limited to a grand unified theory (or GUT) for three of these forces (gravity excluded), in the more distant future it is hoped that gravity too can be part of this grand unification producing a theory of everything. This all sounds very audacious and it may provoke the question of why scientists believe that everything should be unified anyway. This is largely due to trends in history, where laws and theories have been unified to form the standard model which is used today. The fundamental forces in the standard model Electromagnetism In 1864 James Maxwell unified the theories of electricity, magnetism and light with the now famous ‘Maxwell equations’ which showed that all these three were dependent upon a single phenomenon; electromagnetism. [1]
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2011 for the course PHYS 10180F taught by Professor Various during the Spring '09 term at University of Manchester.

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