Physical Consequences of the Interpretation of the Skew Part of gµv in Einstein's Nonsymmetric Unified Field Theory
Australian Journal of Physics
48(1) 45 - 54
The electromagnetic interaction in the Einstein-Infeld-Hoffmann (EIH) equations of motion for charged particles in Einstein's unified field theory (EUFT) is found to be automatically precluded by the conventional identification of the skew part of the fundamental tensor with the Faraday tensor. It is shown that an alternative identification, suggested by observations of Einstein, Bergmann and Papapetrou, would lead to the expected electromagnetic interaction, were it not for the intervention of an infelicitous (radiation) gauge. Therefore, an EIH analysis of EUFT is inconclusive as a test of the physical viability of the theory, and it follows that EUFT cannot be considered necessarily unphysical on the basis of such an analysis. Thus, historically, Einstein's unified field theory was rejected for the wrong reason.
Full text doi:10.1071/PH950045
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