Nancy Ellen Abrams
is a philosopher of science, lawyer, and author. She and her husband, world-renowned cosmologist Joel R. Primack, developed a new visual language to express the big ideas underlying the new universe picture, which Primack helped create. For ten years they co-taught a course called “Cosmology and Culture” at the University of California, Santa Cruz, which won prizes from both the Templeton Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. The course led to their coauthoring The View from the Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos
(Penguin/Riverhead, 2006), which has since come out in French, Portuguese, Norwegian, and Korean.
Yale University invited them to give the prestigious Terry Lectures in 2009, which they rewrote to become The New Universe and the Human Future: How a Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World
(Yale Univ. Press, 2011). This book won the 2012 Nautilus Gold award for best science book of 2011 and has come out in Spanish. New-Universe.org
can be read in either English or Spanish. Abrams and Primack have spoken around the world at over a hundred venues, from universities and science museums to the US Treasury and the Army Science Conference. They won the Chopra Foundation's 2012 Spirit of Rustum Roy Award, for "contributions to consciousness and helping to move humanity toward a just, sustainable, healthy and peaceful world.”
Abrams’ new book, A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet
, pulls together science and spirituality into a radically new Big Picture for our time, with forewords by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and cosmologist Paul Davies.
Early in her career Abrams worked in the US Congress’s Office of Technology Assessment (its science advisory office), where she invented Scientific Mediation, a method that helps government agencies make the wisest policy decision possible in the face of scientific uncertainty. She has consulted on this for the Swedish government and several US states and corporations. Intrigued by science’s border with myth since studying with Mircea Eliade at the University of Chicago, her writing puts the discoveries of modern science into a meaningful cultural and spiritual context. She is also a singer/songwriter who has performed in nineteen countries, recorded three albums of original songs, and been featured on National Public Radio and television. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.