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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:13 am    Post subject: What's the matter? Reply with quote

(The opening line of Coriolanus.)

I read in a book recently that in the universe there is "only one kind of stuff - matter". I wondered if this was still true - and also if it could only be true? With the discovery that the Universe has way more (something - gravity? mass?) than it should do, physicists have come up with the idea of dark matter in order to make up the missing stuff. My question is, will this new stuff - dark matter - be the same type of stuff that we can normally, but just concentrated or hidden in places that we can't see it (think in other rolled up dimensions, inside black holes etc) or will it be 'something else' - something that has mass, has gravitational pull, but is not matter in the sense that we have to date encountered it?

And forgetting even trying to find the stuff, does the math even allow for the existence of mass, or gravity or whatever, to be attached to something different other than matter as we know it. Can stuff even theoretically be of a different order?

Idle speculation - no matter. Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:40 pm    Post subject: Re: What's the matter? Reply with quote

peter wrote:
(The opening line of Coriolanus.)

I read in a book recently that in the universe there is "only one kind of stuff - matter". I wondered if this was still true - and also if it could only be true? With the discovery that the Universe has way more (something - gravity? mass?) than it should do, physicists have come up with the idea of dark matter in order to make up the missing stuff. My question is, will this new stuff - dark matter - be the same type of stuff that we can normally, but just concentrated or hidden in places that we can't see it (think in other rolled up dimensions, inside black holes etc) or will it be 'something else' - something that has mass, has gravitational pull, but is not matter in the sense that we have to date encountered it?

And forgetting even trying to find the stuff, does the math even allow for the existence of mass, or gravity or whatever, to be attached to something different other than matter as we know it. Can stuff even theoretically be of a different order?

Idle speculation - no matter. Wink


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your avatar and your post Cord Hurn, tell me that your presence along side me will be a benifience of significant magnitude by any standard - you have my gratitude!
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