NEW YORK (Dec. 27)
Prof. Albert Einstein has evolved a new theory which is termed even more revolutionary than his famous relativity theory, it was reported here today.
The new theory, described by Dr. Einstein as a “generalized theory of gravitation,” will be published in February by the Princeton University Press. It will permit a mathematical explanation of the entire universe by means of a few short equations.
The new concept is an effort on the part of the seventy-year-old scientist to crystallize the unified field theory, which he put forward in 1929. The unified field theory, not yet verified, would explain with one set of laws the actions of both the universe and the atom, both magnetism and gravitation. For thirty years, ever since he explained the general relativity theory, Dr. Einstein has been trying to extend this theory so as to interrelate electromagnetism and gravity.
A Princeton University Press statement quoted Dr. Einstein as saying recently that his latest theory was “highly convincing” and a scientist close to Dr. Einstein said yesterday that the new equations were “more satisfactory” than any of his previous attempts at formulating the unified field theory. Dr. Einstein’s formulation runs to twenty typewritten pages, at least a third of which are intricate mathematical equations. The symbols are those of relativity and cannot be explained in terms of everyday mathematics.
Dr. Einstein said: “I shall present an attempt at the solution of this problem (the unification of gravitation with electromagnetism), which appears to me highly convincing, although due to mathematical difficulties, I have not yet found a way to confront the results of the theory with experimental evidence.”