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www.nature.com/news/2006/060206/full/060206-1.html

Is it me or is this beginning to look like the luminiferous aether of the 21st century?

Can anyone here recomend a good read/outline/review/summary?

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Replied by stepryan on topic Re: Dark Matter question.

www.nature.com/news/2006/060206/full/060206-1.html

Is it me or is this beginning to look like the luminiferous aether of the 21st century?

Can anyone here recomend a good read/outline/review/summary?

fc


i agree with you that it sounds a bit like aether. i think the cosmologists are getting a bit embarrassed that their standard model ain't so standard. it is a bit like the whole little green men thing, before little greeen men it was angels. sorry though i cannot recommend any sites on the whole dark matter thing i have not come accross any.
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Replied by johnflannery on topic Re: Dark Matter question.

hi Frank,

worth looking at is the Wikipedia entry at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_matter . . . check out the sidebar links to entries on Dark Energy, etc. too.

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Replied by JohnMurphy on topic Re: Dark Matter question.

Maybe dark matter will turn out to be the Higgs boson. It is reckoned to exist only at very high energy levels but would be a suitably massive particle.
Given that the Higgs field is supposably what impart mass to all other particles in the universe is it such a stretch of the imagination to conclude that the Higgs particle is the source of at least some of the dark matter?
You mention luminiferous ether to good effect, the reason this "fad" caught on was because of the inertia of rest mass etc., but the Higgs field could also explain inertia. Believe it or not the luminiferous ether although debunked by the Michelson-Morley experiment in 1907, may be coming back into vogue under a different guise (dark matter) albeit with the same end result (i.e it may not be a propogating medium for light but it may answer some of the questions that brought the lumiferous ether "theory" into effect.).
You may find January's edition of Scientific American interesting, it gives an indepth look into the current understanding of the Standard Model of particle physics and where it is going. The whole January edition is devoted to this one subject.
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