For me as a chemist (and I believe, for many representatives of natural sciences too) the struggle of physicists to obtain one system of equations, which can describe all world and universe had always seemed strange.
If we have clever equations- does that mean,that we understand the world? Not likely. Equation of the force of gravity is really clever, but we have not learned much about gravitation field as obvious cause of force of gravity in latest centuries.
If we speak about hidden forces, which act from the distance, we are in the territory of occultism. (Not surprisingly, Newton was accused for introducing occult beliefs into natural science (Edelglass, 1992)).
Occultism was a necessary stage of scientific development in the West (cf.Webster, 2005).
We can see large similarities in appearance of science and occultism: both scientists and occultists have sometimes strange theories, methods and complex predictions; both doctrines rarely are easily comprehensible to public.
Science won the occultism in 18th century because science introduced measurements and experiments as base for theories; occultism was not able to do this at that time. (However, the alchemical stormglass remained the best maritime meteorological instrument for more than century (it reacts, it seems, to changes in stream of solar RLF)).
In the beginning of twentieth century occultism and the physical science started to change positions: physicists entered in the microworld and used to work with indirect substantiations. Finally the uncertainty had been postulated as a scientific success, leading a part of the constructors of the strange quantum world into mysticism (see page “Quantum mysticism”in Wikipedia).
On contrary, after World War I occult scientists start to measure hidden celestial influences using methods of chronobiology and physical chemistry in order to prove their theories. (Lakhovsky, 2003; Kolisko and Kolisko, 1939; Kollerstrom 1984).
Mentioned scientists and their followers obviously had found manifestations of matter irradiated fields of the Moon and the Sun as well as interactions, which can proceed faster than light and probably require the existence of ether. Hartmann (1999) developed a method for detection of geopathic zones using standard medicinal erythrocyte sedimentation test more than 50 years ago.
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After getting out of his insight with theories of relativity, Einstein felt shortages of his worldview; it seems, that only battles about relativity did not allow him to work further at the ether conception. The dissertation of de Broglie (1924) shows the way to push physics towards a more traditional worldview. Einstein and Schroedinger tried this, but lost to the “self-evident” quantum theory.
Thus we perhaps can consider an idea of unified field theory in line with Einsteins dispute with quantum theoretics in the past – a feeling, that theory of physics has made big mistakes, but that there are no arguments at the moment to show it.
Today, we have several proven and hypothetical “matter irradiated” physical fields with corresponding forces:
1. Gravitation field- force of gravity- attracting- inverse proportional to square of distance. Permeability in matter- good. ( I doubt, that gravitation lineaments are the fine structure of this field).
2. Magnetic field- magnetic attraction or repulsion force- inverse proportional to square of distance. Has fine structure. Permeability in matter- limited.
3. Self rotating solid mass generated field (torsion field?)- not enough information. Permeability in matter- seems to be good.
4. Matter irradiated field- “tidal” force of repulsion. Inverse proportional to cube of distance. Has fine structure. Permeability in matter-good.
5. Self-rotating liquid mass-generated field- force of repulsion- inverse proportional to square of distance. Has fine structure. Permeability in matter- limited.
Seems, that the mentioned fields are united in space, their power lines can intersect. Time will show, whether there is here possibility and necessity for a”final equation”.
Edelglass et al., Matter and Mind, Lindisfarne Press, 1992, 54. (Cited after Wikipedia).
Hartmann E. Krankheit als standortproblem. 5.auflage. Karl F.Haug. 1999. (Disease as factor or living place). In german.
Kolisko L., Kolisko E. Agriculture for tomorrow. 1939. Internet.
Kollerstrom N. Astrochemistry: A study of metal-planet affinities. Emergence Press 1984.
Lakhovsky G. Secret of life. Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 2003.
Webster C. From Paracelsus to Newton: Magic and the Making of Modern Science. Dower publications, 2005.