Show Notes: Fritz Zwicky

Tracy Wilson

The Veil Supernova Remnant in Cygnus (not one of Zwicky's discoveries, unfortunately) © Visuals Unlimited/Corbis

It turns out, as I learned when Holly gave me the outline for this podcast, that the idea of dark matter has been around since 1933. I'd thought that it was a much more recent concept - possibly because much of the work of Fritz Zwicky, who proposed the idea, didn't begin to be validated for alm0st 30 years. Zwicky, father of dark matter, was born in 1898, and his career in physics and astronomy went on to include the discovery of 122 supernovas. (The one pictured here is not one of them, sadly.)

Our listener mail is from Autumn, who asks how we got into the jobs we have. So we, tell her.

For more knowledge: How Dark Matter Works

Episode link: The Father of Dark Matter

Holly's research:

  • "Fritz Zwicky." International Space Hall of Fame. http://www.nmspacemuseum.org/halloffame/detail.php?id=35
  • "Neutron Stars." National Geographic. http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/space/solar-system/neutron-stars/
  • Egdall, Mark. "The Remarkable Discoveries of Fritz Zwicky." Deconded Science. July 2, 2012. http://www.decodedscience.com/the-remarkable-discoveries-fritz-zwicky/15456
  • Greenstein, Jesse L. and Albert G. Wilson. "Remembering Zwicky." http://calteches.library.caltech.edu/3021/1/zwicky.pdf
  • Panek, Richard. "The Father of Dark Matter Still Gets No Respect." Discover. Dec. 31, 2008. http://discovermagazine.com/2009/jan/30-the-father-of-dark-matter-still-gets-no-respect
  • Soter , Steven and Neil deGrasse Tyson, ed. "Fritz Zwicky's Extraordinary Vision." Excerpted from "COSMIC HORIZONS: ASTRONOMY AT THE CUTTING EDGE." New Press. 2000. American Museum of Natural History. http://www.amnh.org/education/resources/rfl/web/essaybooks/cosmic/p_zwicky.html
  • Zwicky, F. "Catalogue of Selected Compact Galaxies and of Post-eruptive Galaxies." California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Institution of Washington. 1971. http://ned.ipac.caltech.edu/level5/Sept02/Zwicky/Zwicky_contents.html
  • Zwicky, F. "On the Red Shift of Spectral Lines Through Interstellar Space." Norman Bridge Laboratory of Physics. California Institute of Technology. Aug. 26, 1929. http://www.pnas.org/content/15/10/773.full.pdf

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