## A "New and Simple Idea", Dark Matter-Energy and the Crisis in Physical Theory

**Authors:** Frederick E. Alzofon

Correction of an omission in A. Einstein's operational definitions of time and
space intervals in the special theory of relativity leads to an improved phenomenological
and conceptual foundation for a previously proposed unified field theory. In combination
with Einstein's researches on the fluctuation in energy of black body radiation, there results
a "new and simple idea" of the kind Professor Richard Feynman felt to be
necessary for the solution of the cosmological constant problem. A brief description of
the formalism of the theory is presented. The infinite zero-point energy of the vacuum
is eliminated. A model for the origin of inertial mass and dark matter-energy is deduced.
The resulting relation between observed matter and dark matter-energy leads to a restriction
on their magnitudes. The magnitudes of the latter quantities are then estimated
from astronomical data. A model is proposed for the origin of the gravitational field in
terms of a dynamic process at the basis of the proposed theory. The success of the special
theory of relativity in predicting the results of three crucial observations establishing
the validity of the general theory of relativity and the elimination of the infinite vacuum
energy suggest that the unified field theory can lead to a solution of the cosmological
constant problem.

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### Submission history

[v1] 7 Jul 2010

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