Growth of the nonbaryonic dark matter theory


The evidence that has accumulated since the 1930s is that the mass of the Universe is dominated by an exotic nonbaryonic form of matter largely draped around the galaxies. This dark matter approximates an initially low-pressure gas of particles that interact only with gravity, but we know little more than that. Searches for detection thus must follow many difficult paths to a great discovery: what the Universe is made of.

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I have profited from discussions with D. Bond, S. Faber, J. Gunn, J. Ostriker, M. Rees, G. Steigman and P. Steinhardt.

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