Nancy Ellen Abrams is a philosopher of science, lawyer, and the author of A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet, a radical rethinking of God for a flourishing scientific globaal civilization. She is also coauthor of two books with her husband, world-renowned cosmologist Joel R. Primack: The View from the Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos, which invented a new visual language to help us begin to experience our place in this strange but thrilling new universe; and The New Universe and the Human Future: How a Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World, which showed how thinking cosmically may help solve global problems. Abrams and Primack won the Chopra Foundation’s 2012 “Spirit of Rustum Roy Award,” for “contributions to consciousness and helping to move humanity towards a just, sustainable, healthy and peaceful world.”
Joel R. Primack, a distinguished professor of physics at University of California-Santa Cruz, works on cosmology, especially dark matter and galaxy formation. After research in the 1970s that helped to create what is now called the Standard Model of Particle Physics, Primack became one of the main originators and developers of the modern theory of the universe. Primack now works mainly on simulation and models of the large scale structure of the universe and galaxy formation compared with astronomical observations. He directed the University of California’s center for computational astrophysics 2010-2015.