By reading this koob, you will learn about physicists’ continual search for “dark matter,” the alleged invisible matter that holds the universe together, keeping it from collapsing into chaos.
You will also learn:
About the history of dark matter
What most physicists believe to be the explanation for the universe’s motion
The widely accepted definition of dark matter among physicists
What the particle candidates for dark matter are
How gravity could be reinterpreted to explain the universe’s motion
Most physicists agree that galaxies and the stars within them are held together by gravity. However, according to Newton’s gravitational law, the pull that’s required to keep them from flying apart needs much more matter than is visible. Therefore, “dark matter” is assumed to compose the majority of the universe’s matter and to be hidden in plain sight. To prove its existence, researchers created several experiments ranging from the large Hadron collider to underground WIMP detectors—but so far, they’ve come up dry. Are physicists hunting for dark matter that simply isn’t there?