Foundations of Physics

, Volume 11, Issue 3–4, pp 329–354 | Cite as

Elementary particle physics from general relativity

  • Mendel Sachs


This paper presents a qualitative comparison of opposing views of elementary matter—the Copenhagen approach in quantum mechanics and the theory of general relativity. It discusses in detail some of their main conceptual differences, when each theory is fully exploited as a theory of matter, and it indicates why each of these theories, at its presently accepted state, is incomplete without the other. But it is then argued on logical grounds that they cannot be fused, thus indicating the need for a third revolution in contemporary physics. Toward this goal, the approach discussed is one of further generalizing the theory of general relativity in a way that incorporates the inertial manifestations of matter in covariant fashion, with quantum mechanics serving as a low-energy, linear approximation. Such a theoretical extension of general relativity will be discussed, with applications in elementary particle physics, such as the appearance of mass spectra in the microdomain, as an asymptotic feature of matter, mass doublets (electron-muon and proton-heavy proton), the explanation of pair annihilation and creation from a deterministic field theory, charge quantization, and features of pions.


Mass Spectrum Field Theory General Relativity Quantum Mechanic Linear Approximation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mendel Sachs
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  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyState University of New York at BuffaloAmherst

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