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How dark matter came to matter

de Swart, Jaco and Bertone, Gianfranco and van Dongen, Jeroen (2017) How dark matter came to matter. Nature Astronomy, 1 (0059). ISSN 2397-3366

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Abstract

The history of the dark matter problem can be traced back to at least the 1930s, but it was not until the early 1970s that the issue of ‘missing matter’ was widely recognized as problematic. In the latter period, previously separate issues involving missing mass were brought together in a single anomaly. We argue that reference to a straightforward ‘accumulation of evidence’ alone is inadequate to comprehend this episode. Rather, the rise of cosmological research, the accompanying renewed interest in the theory of relativity and changes in the manpower division of astronomy in the 1960s are key to understanding how dark matter came to matter. At the same time, this story may also enlighten us on the methodological dimensions of past practices of physics and cosmology.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
de Swart, Jacoj.g.deswart@uva.nl
Bertone, Gianfrancog.bertone@uva.nl
van Dongen, Jeroenj.a.e.f.vandongen@uva.nl
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Mr. Jeroen van Dongen
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2017 20:41
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2017 20:41
Item ID: 13002
Journal or Publication Title: Nature Astronomy
Official URL: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41550-017-0059
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1038/s41550-017-0059
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: 2017
Volume: 1
Number: 0059
ISSN: 2397-3366
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/13002

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