What happens when an atheist philosopher of science with an eating disorder joins a twelve-step program and is asked to call on a “higher power” that she doesn’t believe in to help her recover? It works, leaving her asking why – and inspiring the inquiry of a lifetime. Nancy Ellen Abrams’ personal experience of a higher power coincided with her front-row seat to some of the greatest astronomical discoveries of all time. Her husband, renowned physicist and cosmologist Joel Primack, helped create the modern theory of the universe, based on dark matter and dark energy. So she sought a higher power that could be plausible in the new picture of the universe, which is still being discovered.
Nancy Ellen Abrams was a Fulbright scholar and Woodrow Wilson Designate who graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in the History and Philosophy of Science, and earned a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
She has worked for the International Juridical Association in Rome, a European environmental law think tank; the Ford Foundation; the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress, and as a lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Nancy and her husband Joel Primack, distinguished professor of physics and astrophysics at the University of California, have co-authored two books exploring the explosive human potential of a shared cosmic creation story: The View from the Center of the Universe and The New Universe and the Human Future.