Dark Matter, Dark Energy and Modern Cosmology: The Case For a Kuhnian Paradigm Shift
Keywords:Cosmology, dark matter, dark energy, scientific revolutions, T.S. Kuhn
AbstractSeveral works in the last few years devoted to measure fundamental probes of contemporary cosmology have suggested the existence of a delocalized dominant component (the "dark energy”), in addition to the several-decade-old evidence for "dark matter” other than ordinary baryons, both assuming the description of gravity to be correct. Either we are faced to accept the ignorance of at least 95 % of the content of the universe or consider a deep change of the conceptual framework to understand the data. Thus, the situation seems to be completely favorable for a Kuhnian paradigm shiftin either particle physics or cosmology. We attempt to offer here a brief discussion of these issues from this particular perspective, arguing that the situation qualifies as a textbook Kuhnian anomaly, and offer a tentative identification of some of the actual elements typically associated with the paradigm shift process "in the works” in contemporary science.
How to Cite
Horvath, J. E. (2009). Dark Matter, Dark Energy and Modern Cosmology: The Case For a Kuhnian Paradigm Shift. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 5(2), 287–303. Retrieved from https://cosmosandhistory.org/index.php/journal/article/view/161