Einstein, the founder of modern cosmology, hoped to be able to explain everything by a geometrical theory of curved spacetime together with fields on it [Dongen]. Complex, dynamic patterns of bumps and ripples in the geometry and fields were to be the underlying reality for what we usually call light, matter, animals and people. His program had reasonable success with bulk light and matter. For instance he was able to obtain the Newtonian Gravitational Theory as a first approximation, and higher order approximations resolved the anomaly in the perihelion shift of the orbit of Mercury (a major open problem in celestial mechanics for over fifty years). Most of the models, simulations, and discussions of The Big Bang Model basically use this approach (see: [Weinberg-1]).
In #1 I will discuss a recent version of Einstein’s Unified Field Theory Program. If this theory had been empirically adequate, it would have provided a completely satisfactory1 Final Theory. The extreme irony is that one of the main places his Unified Field Theory Program fails is in Einstein’s own EPR type situations. In #2 I will discuss a quantization program for the theory introduced in #1. If this program could be worked out, it would provide a mathematically precise version of The Standard Models of Particle Physics and Cosmology and hence The Final Theory2. In #3 I discuss my program of Interlocking Worlds and its relationship to Pragmatic Pluralism. I also mention the possibility that the Universe is tangled.