JOEL PRIMACK and NANCY ABRAMS / The New Universe and the Human Future

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 7:30pm





How a Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World


“When science reveal to us an opportunity of profound hope – a potential bond among all humans – we must grasp it and celebrate it. Abrams and Primack show us how the strange and newly discovered nature of our universe can empower us to meet the gravest challenges of our time.” – Archbishop Demond Tutu


In their new book, two cutting-edge thinkers—Nancy Abrams, a cultural philosopher and Joel Primack, a leading astrophysicist—combine their abilities to present a new picture of the universe with critical relevance for our time.


After a four-century rupture between science and the questions of value and meaning, this groundbreaking book presents an explosive and potentially life-altering idea: if the world could agree on a shared creation story based on modern cosmology and biology—a story that has just become available—it would redefine our relationship with Planet Earth and benefit all of humanity, now and into the distant future.


In previous generations everyone was able to refer with confidence to a belief system which explained our role in the world. In this new scientific age there is no consensus as to our origins or our place in the universe—a situation which leaves us with no believable, shared context for the problems that we face together. And yet, as the first species that has evolved with the capability to destroy our planet, it is up to us to find common ground to work together--or face the devastating consequences.


Illustrated with images from innovative simulations of the evolving universe to bring the new scientific picture of the universe to life, Primack’s and Abram’s new book interprets what our human place in the cosmos may mean for us and our descendants. It also offers unique insights into the potential use of this newfound knowledge to find solutions to seemingly intractable global problems such as climate change and unsustainable growth. Most importantly, it explains why we need to “think cosmically, act globally” if we’re going to have a long-term, prosperous future on Earth. 



Nancy Ellen Abrams, an attorney, cultural philosopher, and lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has worked for the Ford Foundation and the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress. Joel R. Primack, Distinguished Professor of Physics at the UC Santa Cruz, is one of the principal creators of the modern theory of the universe on the grand scale.   Together they have authored several books, including The View From the Center of the Universe. They live in Santa Cruz.



The New Universe and the Human Future: How a Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300165081
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Yale University Press - April 1st, 2011