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If greeting card poet Susan Polis Schultz wrote about physics and the universe, this is the book she would produce. Filled with simplistic observations ("In their hearts most people are still living in an imagined universe where... we humans have no special place and often feel insignificant") as well as romantic cheerleading ("We need to overflow with gratitude that our universe... is filled with light and possibilities"), it offers cosmology disguised as a self-help guide to the universe. The authors—Primack is a physicist at UC–Santa Cruz, and Abrams is a philosopher of science—contend that Newton's picture of the universe as shapeless and endless left humans feeling cosmically homeless, but in response they articulate a Peter Pan physics in which humans are intimately related to the universe because we are made of stardust, i.e., we're an integral part of the cosmos. Our place in the universe is extraordinary, they claim, because the universe will never be in this moment of time again, and we have a responsibility to take care of the Earth since there is still time to solve some of our cosmic problems. Attempting to weave science and spirituality into one cosmic fabric, the authors satisfy the reader in neither realm. B&w illus. (Apr.)
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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 universe, but we are cent-ral in several unexpected ways that derive directly from physics and cosmology." Primack is professor of cosmology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an originator of the theory of cold dark matter; Abrams is a lawyer and a writer.
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Too bad religions, and science is a religion, spend so much time and effort in discrediting each other. Read morePublished 7 months ago by frogzilla
Up front, the authors deserve much praise for having the courage to suggest something different. The book attempts a new person-centered view of the universe (call it “philosophy”... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bavaruspex
This was a great read. The first 80-100 pages are long-winded making it a bit challenge to immerse yourself in the book... but stick with it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Carol Camp
I read the book cover to cover. Highly recommended, esp the 1st half of the book.
The authors cite about seven examples of how in the 21st century a new cosmology is... Read more
This book brings up many interesting points, but is definitely in the realm of theoretical ideas as well as sciences. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Alec
I recommend it to everybody because it makes on to be open minded and really explains the universe in such an amazing way.Published on September 3, 2013 by tsedenya