posted on Feb, 6 2013 @ 06:00 AM
Aether as an explanation for dark matter, reminds me of the Golden Compass.
Into this wilde Abyss,
The Womb of nature and perhaps her Grave,
Of neither Sea, nor Shore, nor Air, nor Fire,
But all these in their pregnant causes mixt
Confus'dly, and which thus must ever fight,
Unless th' Almighty Maker them ordain
His dark materials to create more Worlds,
Into this wilde Abyss the warie fiend
Stood on the brink of Hell and look'd a while,
Pondering his Voyage; for no narrow frith
He had to cross.
— Book 2, lines 910–920, John Milton, Paradise Lost
There has been a lot of discussion about dark energy and dark matter as concepts to explain certain anomalies in physics such as between mass and
gravity. Some scientists are starting to see dark energy as a new reference to the concept of the aether.
Modifying gravity with the Aether: an alternative to Dark Matter
There is evidence that Newton and Einstein's theories of gravity cannot explain the dynamics of a universe made up solely of baryons and
radiation. To be able to understand the properties of galaxies, clusters of galaxies and the universe on the whole it has become commonplace to invoke
the presence of dark matter. An alternative approach is to modify the gravitational field equations to accommodate observations. We propose a new
class of gravitational theories in which we add a new degree of freedom, the Aether, in the form of a vector field that is coupled covariantly, but
non-minimally, with the space-time metric. We explore the Newtonian and non-Newtonian limits, discuss the conditions for these theories to be
consistent and explore their effect on cosmology.
edit on 6-2-2013 by primalfractal because: (no reason