In certain respects, much of the history of scientific thought can be viewed as the search
for unifying theories. This quest is most explicit in the field of elementary particle physics, but
even in general, the process of developing an underlying theory to account for empirical data, is,
at its core, a coordinating, or unifying, process. From Dalton’s atomic theory to Mendeleev’s
periodic table of elements, from Newton’s laws concerning the motion of earthly and heavenly
bodies to Maxwell’s theory of electromagnetism, the most fundamental of scientific theories
have been the ones which consolidate a large body of evidence into beautifully elegant
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