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In the Dark About Dark Matter?

In the Dark About Dark Matter?

In the 17th Century, Sir Isaac Newton developed his equations for mechanics (including his law of gravity). It was felt that Newton had discovered the key to explain all the motions in the heavens and on earth in very simple mathematical descriptions. Newton’s law of gravity was able to describe the motion of a falling apple, a projectile launched from a canon, and the motions of planets around the sun, and still to this day engineers successfully apply Newton’s law (nearly!) to problems on the solar system-size scale.
20th century scientists attempted to apply Newton’s law of gravity to galaxies. It did not work. Galaxies appeared to be rotating so fast that the self-gravitation of the stars within the galaxies under Newton’s law would be too great for the galaxies to be hold together. The predictions indicated the stars within the galaxies should fly apart and diffuse out into space. 20th century scientists swept these inconvenient truths under the rug as today’s scientists have done with the discovered special direction in space. In order to explain the anomaly, scientists invented a metaphysical substance, dark matter. They hypothesized if some undetectable matter existed and was arranged just right in the galaxies, it could hold them together, and Newton’s cherished gravitational law could still be trumpeted as universal. Later, when the big bang theory could only find 3-4% of the matter needed to make the big bang theory work, they were able to pull dark matter out of the hat again and hypothesize that it existed not only in strategic locations of galaxies, but in other strategic locations throughout the universe.
“The Principle” examines dark matter and other metaphysical assumptions such as dark energy, inflation, red shift, etc.

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