How dark matter came to matter

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Nature Astronomy, ISSN: 2397-3366, Vol: 1, Issue: 3, Page: s41550-017-0059

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2017
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http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/13002
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10.1038/s41550-017-0059
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Jaco de Swart, Gianfranco Bertone, Jeroen van Dongen
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Springer Nature
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Physics and Astronomy
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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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