Does dark matter actually exist? While astronomers assert that dark matter forms halos around galaxies, no one has yet seen this material or been able to study it. The elusive, invisible phenomenon presents an intriguing enigma. In the latest issue of SIAM News, Donald Saari presents mathematical analysis that compromises, if not eliminates, a standard argument for the existence of massive amounts of dark matter. #darkmatter #astronomy #math #mathematics #dynamics #dynamicalsystems #matter #darkenergy #space #galaxies #siamnews
By Donald G. Saari Dark matter is a fascinating, frustrating scientific mystery. Astronomers claim that much of it forms halos surrounding galaxies, yet “no one has ever seen this material or been able to study it” [1]. Hence, anticipation accompanied delivery of the “Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer - 02” to the International Space Station in May 2011. Although a goal was to discover this elusive stuff, nothing conclusive has been found [1]. Dark mat...
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