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Cosmos incognito : Vera Rubin shines light on dark matter

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dc.contributor.advisor Marcia Bartusiak. en_US Yeager, Ashley en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing. en_US 2009-04-29T17:40:05Z 2009-04-29T17:40:05Z 2008 en_US 2008 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M. in Science Writing)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Humanities, Graduate Program in Science Writing, 2008. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 39-43). en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis, a profile of astronomer Vera Rubin, highlights her scientific achievements, most notably the irrefutable evidence she gathered to persuade the astronomical community that galaxies spin at a faster speed than Newton's Universal Law of Gravitation allows. As a result of this finding, astronomers conceded that the universe must be filled with more material than they can see. Scientists call this mysterious substance dark matter. This submission explains the scientific history of dark matter, its acceptance, and the current research being done to test its existence. It also mentions counter theories to the dark matter hypothesis and looks at Vera Rubin's current work and how this research will help astronomers better understand the construction of the cosmos and its evolution. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Ashley Yeager. en_US
dc.format.extent 43 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
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dc.subject Graduate Program in Science Writing. en_US
dc.title Cosmos incognito : Vera Rubin shines light on dark matter en_US
dc.title.alternative Vera Rubin shines light on dark matter en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Science Writing en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 317858101 en_US

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