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How dark matter came to matter

de Swart, J. G. and Bertone, G. and van Dongen, J. (2017) How dark matter came to matter. Nature Astronomy, 1 (3). 0059. ISSN 2397-3366


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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
de Swart, J. G.0000-0002-2545-0409
Bertone, G.
van Dongen, J.
Keywords: Dark Matter, Cosmology, Astronomy, History of Cosmology, History of Physics
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: J.G. de Swart
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2019 22:54
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2019 22:54
Item ID: 15804
Journal or Publication Title: Nature Astronomy
Official URL:
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1038/s41550-017-0059
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: March 2017
Page Range: 0059
Volume: 1
Number: 3
ISSN: 2397-3366

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