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Yes, You ARE the Center of the Universe (in one sense…)

By Tom Yulsman

...To take on this notion, I’ll start with a key observation by renown cosmologist Joel Primack of the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is one of the principal originators and developers of the cold dark matter theory, which is the foundation of the modern picture of structure formation in the universe.

In “The View From the Center of the Universe,” Primack and his co-authore Nancy Ellen Abrams, make this key point...

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A Cosmic Book With Human Insight

BOOK REVIEW by Deepak Chopra

I found my eyes opened, along with my mind, by an intriguing book, The View from the Center of the Universe, by Joel R. Primack, a distinguished physicist at the University of California Santa Cruz, and his wife, Nancy Ellen Abrams, an excellent writer. There have been a spate of books extending our concept of the universe and how human beings fit into it. In an earlier post I listed...

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An antidote to cosmic alienation

BOOK REVIEW by Michael S. Turner

During graduate school, when I was shifting fields from particle physics to astrophysics, I decided to read an elementary book on astronomy to get the lay of the land. What I learned depressed me: We humans occupy an insignificant place in the grand scheme of things, and there is no evidence that the universe has taken or should take note of us. I suspect many other scientists, as well as nonscientists, have had a similar experience. Carl Sagan su...

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All Things Big and Small

BOOK REVIEW by Gregory Mott

In The View From the Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Universe (Riverhead, $26.95), the physicist Joel R. Primack and his wife, science philosopher Nancy Ellen Abrams, aim to pick up where Chown leaves off. Primack and Abrams argue that the explosive growth in our understanding of the universe has brought us to the to the brink of a revolution in cosmology similar to the one in physics after Sir Isaac Newton o...

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Thoughtful and original book

The View From the Center of the Universe: In this thoughtful and original book, a husband-and-wife team presents a science-based cosmology aimed at allowing us to understand the universe as a whole and our place in it. "Most of us have grown up thinking that there is no basis for our feeling central or even important to the cosmos," they write. "But with the new evidence it turns out that this perspective is nothing but a prejudice. There is no geographic center to an expand-ing u...

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Heading Toward Space...

BOOK REVIEW AND RECOMMENDATION by Alan Cheuse

And now let's head for the outermost limits of space, if there are limits. Prominent American astrophysicist Joel Primack and his writer wife, Nancy Abrams, offer a fascinating new book-length rumination about the meaning of the universe and our role in it. The View from the Center of the Universe takes on big questions: the nature of time and our place in the cosmos (bigger than we might imagine, they suggest). They remind us, in cas...

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One of those truly creative books that crosses disciplines

OUR cosmic address: "Earth, Solar System, Orion Arm, Milky Way Galaxy, Local Group, Local Supercluster." Cosmology, explains the husband-wife team of Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams, is the study of the myth and origin of the 14-billion-year-old universe. It is an effort to frame the universe, give it an identity, much as our ancestors did -- through science as well as intuition, the latter no longer being sufficient, given the data now available to us.

The authors review th...

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The Cosmos Within

BOOK REVIEW by Amanda Gefter

Virtually every human culture has sought to give life meaning through cosmological mythologies. Today, science tells a story of the universe that might actually be true and, according to Joel Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams, we must understand that story to understand ourselves.

This is a deeply inspiring book that should be required reading for everyone. Weaving fascinating science with profound insight, the book puts us at the centre of the w...

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Most of the scientific universe is spiritual! We should be shouting this from the rooftops!
Nancy Ellen Abrams
Most of the scientific universe is spiritual! We should be shouting this from the rooftops!
Nancy Ellen Abrams
Talking to God is not a theoretical exercise for people like me; it can have serious real-world consequences.
Nancy Ellen Abrams
Talking to God is not a theoretical exercise for people like me; it can have serious real-world consequences.
Nancy Ellen Abrams
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