Or could it be that ‘dark matter’ is simply a fantasised placeholder, marking the large black hole at the centre of our understanding?
The math shows it should be there, but only if the calculations are based on the correct assumption. If the theory is wrong or incomplete, we are chasing a chimera. Would it be too outrageous to suggest that we don’t know it all, and that paradigm shifts in our understanding of our universe have yet to occur?
The search may for ‘dark matter’ may fail, but it will not be without discovery.