What Are The Fifth Forces Of Nature?


A few decades ago there was a big hype about a supposed “fifth force of nature”.

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astronomy force (click here for original source image)

The topic of this discussion was the so called “Turbulent Matter” or more popularly known as “Riot Science“. Some folks made claims that this mysterious and unperceived force was going to be the one that would solve all of our problems and make science a fool. In fact, some people proclaimed that we would not even be able to create life without it. Let’s see how this story evolved over the years.

First off, what is “Riot Science”? Well, that was a clever way of referring to Physics. I guess it would be nice if “Riot” could have been pronounced correctly…but that is another story. We will go into details concerning this subject later in this article.