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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 1:57 am    Post subject: The phrase 'dark matter' Reply with quote

Does anyone know when and by whom the phrase 'dark matter'
was first coined?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 4:28 am    Post subject: Re: The phrase 'dark matter' Reply with quote

Dear stephen:

<stephen@nomail.com> wrote in message
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Does anyone know when and by whom the
phrase 'dark matter' was first coined?

I get in the 1930s by Fred Zwicky (1933 - 1937, somewhere in
there), but he may have called it "missing mass". I do not have
a direct quote.
http://astralavista.blogspot.com/2005_07_01_astralavista_archive.html

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 4:34 am    Post subject: Re: The phrase 'dark matter' Reply with quote

"N:dlzc D:aol T:com (dlzc)" <N: dlzc1 D:cox T:net@nospam.com>
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Dear stephen:

stephen@nomail.com> wrote in message
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Does anyone know when and by whom the
phrase 'dark matter' was first coined?

I get in the 1930s by Fred Zwicky (1933 - 1937, somewhere in
there), but he may have called it "missing mass". I do not
have a direct quote.
http://astralavista.blogspot.com/2005_07_01_astralavista_archive.html

Still no quote. Actual name "Fritz" rather than Fred. Quite a
character.
http://www.brainyencyclopedia.com/encyclopedia/f/fr/fritz_zwicky.html

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 5:03 am    Post subject: Re: The phrase 'dark matter' Reply with quote

"N:dlzc D:aol T:com \(dlzc\)" <N: dlzc1 D:cox T:net@nospam.com> wrote:
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Dear stephen:

stephen@nomail.com> wrote in message
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Does anyone know when and by whom the
phrase 'dark matter' was first coined?

I get in the 1930s by Fred Zwicky (1933 - 1937, somewhere in
there), but he may have called it "missing mass". I do not have
a direct quote.
http://astralavista.blogspot.com/2005_07_01_astralavista_archive.html

David A. Smith

From what I have read, he is credited with first noticing
the missing mass, but I have seen nothing that says
he used the phrase 'missing mass' or 'dark matter'. From
what I have seen, it looks like 'dark matter' did not
appear until much later.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 10:57 am    Post subject: Re: The phrase 'dark matter' Reply with quote

The Quantum physics approves, that in the beginning God
created " virtual particles ".
Astrophysics approve, that in the beginning the God created
" latent mass ","invisible particles ", "'missing mass'" or
"'dark matter'".
Quote:
From them the God created everything.
But nobody knows, what is " virtual particles ","'dark matter'"

what is " latent mass ", " invisible particles ".
And then the physicists are very surprised :
"Why is the nature of the microworld so paradoxical ?"
We use words not understanding their meaning
Who are we?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 1:28 pm    Post subject: Re: The phrase 'dark matter' Reply with quote

Dear socratus:

"socratus" <israelsad@bezeqint.net> wrote in message
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We use words not understanding their meaning
Who are we?

We are the race of Adam. Whose first job in the Garden of Eden
was naming things.

'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful
tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor
less.'
http://www.bloomsburymagazine.com/Ezine/Articles/Articles.asp?ezine_article_id=212

Language did not come from God. Language is an agreement between
people.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 1:52 pm    Post subject: Re: The phrase 'dark matter' Reply with quote

socratus wrote:
Quote:
The Quantum physics approves, that in the beginning God
created " virtual particles ".
Astrophysics approve, that in the beginning the God created
" latent mass ","invisible particles ", "'missing mass'" or
"'dark matter'".
From them the God created everything.
But nobody knows, what is " virtual particles ","'dark matter'"
what is " latent mass ", " invisible particles ".
And then the physicists are very surprised :
"Why is the nature of the microworld so paradoxical ?"
We use words not understanding their meaning

When we say "dark matter" the words are not arbitrary.

This hypothesized matter is called "matter" because it
has gravitational mass. It is called "dark" because it
isn't radiating energy we can see.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 8:24 pm    Post subject: Re: The phrase 'dark matter' Reply with quote

Dear stephen:

stephen@nomail.com wrote:
Quote:
"N:dlzc D:aol T:com \(dlzc\)" <N: dlzc1 D:cox T:net@nospam.com> wrote:
Dear stephen:

stephen@nomail.com> wrote in message
news:e9eqqj$cdh$1@news.msu.edu...
Does anyone know when and by whom the
phrase 'dark matter' was first coined?

I get in the 1930s by Fred Zwicky (1933 - 1937, somewhere in
there), but he may have called it "missing mass". I do not have
a direct quote.
http://astralavista.blogspot.com/2005_07_01_astralavista_archive.html

From what I have read, he is credited with first noticing
the missing mass, but I have seen nothing that says
he used the phrase 'missing mass' or 'dark matter'. From
what I have seen, it looks like 'dark matter' did not
appear until much later.

http://www.sr.bham.ac.uk/~lrj/obscos/vandenbergh.pdf
<QUOTE>
Zwicky writes (my translation) : "If this [overdensity] is confirmed we
would arrive at the astonishing conclusion that dark matter is present
[in Coma] with a much greater density than luminous matter." He
continues: "From these considerations it follows that the large
velocity dispersion in Coma (and in other clusters of galaxies)
represents an unsolved problem."
<END QUOTE>
Zwicky, F. 1933, Helvetica Phys. Acta, 6, 110

I *think* the list of properties of DM is supposed to have was not
finalized till much later.

David A. Smith
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 8:24 pm    Post subject: Re: The phrase 'dark matter' Reply with quote

Dear stephen:

stephen@nomail.com wrote:
Quote:
"N:dlzc D:aol T:com \(dlzc\)" <N: dlzc1 D:cox T:net@nospam.com> wrote:
Dear stephen:

stephen@nomail.com> wrote in message
news:e9eqqj$cdh$1@news.msu.edu...
Does anyone know when and by whom the
phrase 'dark matter' was first coined?

I get in the 1930s by Fred Zwicky (1933 - 1937, somewhere in
there), but he may have called it "missing mass". I do not have
a direct quote.
http://astralavista.blogspot.com/2005_07_01_astralavista_archive.html

From what I have read, he is credited with first noticing
the missing mass, but I have seen nothing that says
he used the phrase 'missing mass' or 'dark matter'. From
what I have seen, it looks like 'dark matter' did not
appear until much later.

http://www.sr.bham.ac.uk/~lrj/obscos/vandenbergh.pdf
<QUOTE>
Zwicky writes (my translation) : "If this [overdensity] is confirmed we
would arrive at the astonishing conclusion that dark matter is present
[in Coma] with a much greater density than luminous matter." He
continues: "From these considerations it follows that the large
velocity dispersion in Coma (and in other clusters of galaxies)
represents an unsolved problem."
<END QUOTE>
Zwicky, F. 1933, Helvetica Phys. Acta, 6, 110

I *think* the list of properties of DM is supposed to have was not
finalized till much later.

David A. Smith
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 8:36 pm    Post subject: Re: The phrase 'dark matter' Reply with quote

dlzc <dlzc1@cox.net> wrote:
Quote:
Dear stephen:

stephen@nomail.com wrote:
"N:dlzc D:aol T:com \(dlzc\)" <N: dlzc1 D:cox T:net@nospam.com> wrote:
Dear stephen:

stephen@nomail.com> wrote in message
news:e9eqqj$cdh$1@news.msu.edu...
Does anyone know when and by whom the
phrase 'dark matter' was first coined?

I get in the 1930s by Fred Zwicky (1933 - 1937, somewhere in
there), but he may have called it "missing mass". I do not have
a direct quote.
http://astralavista.blogspot.com/2005_07_01_astralavista_archive.html

From what I have read, he is credited with first noticing
the missing mass, but I have seen nothing that says
he used the phrase 'missing mass' or 'dark matter'. From
what I have seen, it looks like 'dark matter' did not
appear until much later.

http://www.sr.bham.ac.uk/~lrj/obscos/vandenbergh.pdf
QUOTE
Zwicky writes (my translation) : "If this [overdensity] is confirmed we
would arrive at the astonishing conclusion that dark matter is present
[in Coma] with a much greater density than luminous matter." He
continues: "From these considerations it follows that the large
velocity dispersion in Coma (and in other clusters of galaxies)
represents an unsolved problem."
END QUOTE
Zwicky, F. 1933, Helvetica Phys. Acta, 6, 110

I *think* the list of properties of DM is supposed to have was not
finalized till much later.

David A. Smith

Thanks! That also has this related piece of information:
Zwicky's use of the words "dunkle (kalte) Materie"
might be regarded as the Ðrst reference to cold dark matter,
even though this expression was not used exactly in its modern sense.
The term cold dark matter, with its modern meaning, was introduced
by Bond et al. (1983).

Stephen
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 9:11 pm    Post subject: Re: The phrase 'dark matter' Reply with quote

Randy Poe wrote:
Quote:
socratus wrote:
The Quantum physics approves, that in the beginning God
created " virtual particles ".
Astrophysics approve, that in the beginning the God created
" latent mass ","invisible particles ", "'missing mass'" or
"'dark matter'".
From them the God created everything.
But nobody knows, what is " virtual particles ","'dark matter'"
what is " latent mass ", " invisible particles ".
And then the physicists are very surprised :
"Why is the nature of the microworld so paradoxical ?"
We use words not understanding their meaning

When we say "dark matter" the words are not arbitrary.

Yes, they are. DM is not dark at all, so that term used to

describe it or even define it is clearly a misnomer no matter
how hard you wish upon a star that it isn't. In fact, DM can
be more accurately described as invisible matter because
we can see right through it, obviously. Physics is not all that
precise in term-usage as you once imagined, eh?
Quote:

This hypothesized matter is called "matter" because it
has gravitational mass. It is called "dark" because it
isn't radiating energy we can see.

We assume it has gravitational mass, based on the

observed effects, but that conclusion is only one among
others that are possible; therefore, it is not a fact yet, as you
assert. Also, to say it is call "dark" because it does not
radiate is another phony explanation, since blackbodies do
not radiate either, they only absorb radiation. For such
absorption, they must have at least some gravitational
attraction, I would guess, and to have that requires real matter
having positive energy. Would it have politically improper
to call it "black matter" instead? Obviously, the most
appropriate term would have been "Invisible Matter", or, IM.

The closest thing to a blackbody I can think of is a black hole,
which is invisible to us because light cannot escape it. But we
could tell where a blackbody or a black hole may be located
because we do not see through them like we see through DM.
Since the two are not like DM, it should not be explained in
comparison to them.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 9:19 pm    Post subject: Re: The phrase 'dark matter' Reply with quote

dlzc wrote:
Quote:
Dear stephen:

SNIP

http://www.sr.bham.ac.uk/~lrj/obscos/vandenbergh.pdf
QUOTE
Zwicky writes (my translation) : "If this [overdensity] is confirmed we
would arrive at the astonishing conclusion that dark matter is present
[in Coma] with a much greater density than luminous matter." He
continues: "From these considerations it follows that the large
velocity dispersion in Coma (and in other clusters of galaxies)
represents an unsolved problem."
END QUOTE
Zwicky, F. 1933, Helvetica Phys. Acta, 6, 110

I *think* the list of properties of DM is supposed to have was not
finalized till much later.

Since there are still loose ends, why do you say the list has been

finalized? There is still much supposition as to the properties of
DM, and I see no theory to explain the processes involved, other
than that of my model, which currently excludes the possibility of
attractive gravitation since massless DM particles cannot contain
the +energy required to have an attractive force.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 9:33 pm    Post subject: Re: The phrase 'dark matter' Reply with quote

tomgee wrote:
Quote:
Randy Poe wrote:
socratus wrote:
The Quantum physics approves, that in the beginning God
created " virtual particles ".
Astrophysics approve, that in the beginning the God created
" latent mass ","invisible particles ", "'missing mass'" or
"'dark matter'".
From them the God created everything.
But nobody knows, what is " virtual particles ","'dark matter'"
what is " latent mass ", " invisible particles ".
And then the physicists are very surprised :
"Why is the nature of the microworld so paradoxical ?"
We use words not understanding their meaning

When we say "dark matter" the words are not arbitrary.

Yes, they are. DM is not dark at all,

It doesn't radiate. That makes it dark.

Quote:
In fact, DM can
be more accurately described as invisible matter

Astronomers can only see that which radiates energy to be
picked up by their instruments.

Quote:
because we can see right through it, obviously.

You can also see through the air, and you can't see air in
your telescope. That does not mean "air" is some exotic material.

The need for dark matter in cosmology was very simple: The
gravitation from the shiny stuff was not enough to explain the
behavior of the shiny stuff. If our gravitational models are correct,
then there's more MASS out there, but it isn't shiny.

One proposal I heard many years ago was "cold neutrinos". It was
put forward by a respectable cosmologist in a physics seminar,
something you no doubt have never been to. Wherever you get
your views of what "real physicists" think and say, as far as I
can tell it isn't from hearing the words or thoughts of any
physicist.

Neutrinos are not exotic. They are invisible, and there are a great
many of them running free in the universe. The cold neutrino
explanation relies on the neutrino having a certain minimum mass,
and I think it would now be ruled out based on our current
estimates of the neutrino mass. But at the time it was one
plausible candidate, and one thing that made it plausible was
the MASS.

You are apparently trying to cook up some hypothetical substance
which doesn't gravitate like ordinary matter. But since having
gravitational mass is the single most important property
needed by the "missing mass", your "theory" is thus pretty
useless as an explanation of the form of the missing mass of
the universe.

- Randy
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 9:35 pm    Post subject: Re: The phrase 'dark matter' Reply with quote

tomgee wrote:
Quote:
Also, to say it is call "dark" because it does not
radiate is another phony explanation, since blackbodies do
not radiate either, they only absorb radiation.

Good grief.

What is the second word in the phrase "blackbody radiation",
Tom?

For bonus points, the first great success of Planck's quantum
theory was a correct prediction of the radiation from what kind
of object?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 10:46 pm    Post subject: Re: The phrase 'dark matter' Reply with quote

It just means "not lit" an average cloud of dust and hydrogen is not visible
unless it is lit by a nearby star.

Junk science.

Chris.
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dlzc wrote:
Dear stephen:

SNIP

http://www.sr.bham.ac.uk/~lrj/obscos/vandenbergh.pdf
QUOTE
Zwicky writes (my translation) : "If this [overdensity] is confirmed we
would arrive at the astonishing conclusion that dark matter is present
[in Coma] with a much greater density than luminous matter." He
continues: "From these considerations it follows that the large
velocity dispersion in Coma (and in other clusters of galaxies)
represents an unsolved problem."
END QUOTE
Zwicky, F. 1933, Helvetica Phys. Acta, 6, 110

I *think* the list of properties of DM is supposed to have was not
finalized till much later.

Since there are still loose ends, why do you say the list has been
finalized? There is still much supposition as to the properties of
DM, and I see no theory to explain the processes involved, other
than that of my model, which currently excludes the possibility of
attractive gravitation since massless DM particles cannot contain
the +energy required to have an attractive force.
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