The New Universe and the Human Future: How a Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World

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Overview

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.

Written in eloquent, accessible prose and illustrated in magnificent color throughout, including images from innovative simulations of the evolving universe, this book brings the new scientific picture of the universe to life. It interprets what our human place in the cosmos may mean for us and our descendants. It 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. And it explains why we need to "think cosmically, act globally" if we're going to have a long-term, prosperous future on Earth.

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Editorial Reviews

Tikkun
This book is in every sense of the word, a prophetic book. Its message ranks right up there with those of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Joel. Like the prophets, it is at times poetic, demanding, grounded, soaring, empowering, and always awe-inspiring.— Matthew Fox, Tikkun

— Matthew Fox

Science News
The authors tell the cosmology story well and illustrate it with stunning images, in the book and online at www.new-universe.org.—Ron Cowan, Science News

— Ron Cowan

North Coast Journal
The ideas and images are fascinating and certainly contribute to a sense of the profound stakes involved in what we’re doing to the planet and ourselves.— William Kowinski, North Coast Journal

— William Kowinski

Foreign Policy Journal
Told in beautiful prose, appealing to brain and heart.— Johan Galtung, Foreign Policy Journal

— Johan Galtung

Santa Cruz Sentinel

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_17897340

— Wallace Baine

Santa Cruz Weekly
http://news.santacruz.com/2011/04/19/this_cosmically_pivotal_moment
The Huffington Post
Primack and Abrams open the only way forward that can possibly work.—Deepak Chopra, The Huffington Post

— Deepak Chopra

Nautilus Award

Winner of the 2012 Nautilus Gold Award for the science/cosmology category.

 

The Nautilus Awards recognizes Books and Audio Books that promote spiritual growth, conscious living & positive social change, while at the same time stimulating the "imagination" and offering the reader "new possibilities" for a better life and a better world.

— Nautilus Gold Award

Chopra Foundation

Winner of the 2012 Spirit of Rustum Roy Award, as awarded by The Chopra Foundation. Abrams & Primack received the award for their contribution to science in expanding our understanding of what it is to be human.

— Spirit of Rustum Roy Award

1 - William Grassie
“Abrams and Primack argue for an interpretation of contemporary cosmology suggestive of human significance in a universe filled with meaning. They do so for a general audience, with elegant prose, provocative images, and stunning online animations.”—William Grassie, Metanexus Institute
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
"When science reveals to us an opportunity for profound hope — a potential bond among all humans — we must grasp it and celebrate it. The New Universe and the Human Future shows us how the strange and newly discovered nature of our universe can empower us to meet the gravest challenges of our time."—Archbishop Desmond Tutu, winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace
Tikkun - Matthew Fox
"Joel Primack and Nancy Abrams are on a mission—and an important mission it is! To awaken humans to the promise that a new cosmology offers at this critical moment in human, planetary and cosmic history. They ignite meaning by telling the story of our unique existence as conscious, loving beings in a vast and amazing universe and they arouse passion that is essential if we are to exchange our petty ways of egoistic and tribal relationships with a scientifically-based understanding of the universe. The issues are cosmic and metacosmic, but also down to earth and about our very survival. Nothing less.One cannot digest this book and not feel a fire inside. A new morality emerges. None too soon. This book writes a new chapter in the history of our capacity for compassion, a capacity trumpeted by Isaiah and Jesus, Buddha and Mohammad, Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. (among others)."—Matthew Fox, author of Original Blessing and 28 other books, founder of Creation Spirituality, and leading theologian of a new Christianity
Priyamvada Natarajan
“…fascinating and potentially transformative.”—Priyamvada Natarajan, Yale University
Rabbi Zalman Hiyyah Schachter-Shalomi
"Whenever I read the work of Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack I gain more insight into the Cosmology that stands behind the structures of the Kabbalah. Their work shows how the ongoing discovery of a universe made of dark matter and dark energy is opening up not only new vistas in Kabbalah but even more vital offers new and optimistic perspective on humanity’s problems. In beautiful prose they present a meaningful creation story that helps us feel how we belong in the timescales of the universe — a creation story that is equally true for everyone and a boon for vast contemplation. They use new cosmological metaphors to help us grasp the enormous stakes in the political and ecological decisions being made in all countries today. That they are able to do this largely through pictures is a special treat.”—Rabbi Zalman Hiyyah Schachter-Shalomi, co-author of Jewish With Feeling and A Heart Afire
Roald Hoffman
"The strikingly beautiful images of the universe that run through this wonderful book are in and of themselves a sublime prompt for us to stop looking for differences, and instead build a cosmology that unites culture and science. Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack show us the way!"—Roald Hoffman, Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, 1981
Science News - Ron Cowan
“The authors tell the cosmology story well and illustrate it with stunning images, in the book and online at www.new-universe.org.” —Ron Cowan, Science News
North Coast Journal - William Kowinski
"The ideas and images are fascinating and certainly contribute to a sense of the profound stakes involved in what we’re doing to the planet and ourselves." — William Kowinski, North Coast Journal
Foreign Policy Journal - Johan Galtung
"Told in beautiful prose, appealing to brain and heart." — Johan Galtung, Foreign Policy Journal
Santa Cruz Sentinel - Wallace Baine
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_17897340
Santa Cruz Weekly - Traci Hukill
http://news.santacruz.com/2011/04/19/ucsc_scholars_link_cosmology_to_human_fate
The Huffington Post - Deepak Chopra
“Primack and Abrams open the only way forward that can possibly work.”—Deepak Chopra, The Huffington Post
Nautilus Award - Nautilus Gold Award
Winner of the 2012 Nautilus Gold Award for the science/cosmology category.
 
The Nautilus Awards recognizes Books and Audio Books that promote spiritual growth, conscious living & positive social change, while at the same time stimulating the "imagination" and offering the reader "new possibilities" for a better life and a better world.
Chopra Foundation - Spirit of Rustum Roy Award
Winner of the 2012 Spirit of Rustum Roy Award, as awarded by The Chopra Foundation. Abrams & Primack received the award for their contribution to science in expanding our understanding of what it is to be human.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300181241
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Series: Terry Lectures Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 502,849
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Ellen Abrams is an attorney, philosopher of science, and lecturer. Joel R. Primack is Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy. Both are at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 The New Universe 1

Chapter 2 Size Is Destiny 27

Chapter 3 We Are Stardust 39

Chapter 4 Our Place in Time 67

Chapter 5 This Cosmically Pivotal Moment 79

Chapter 6 Bringing the Universe Down to Earth 99

Chapter 7 A New Origin Story 119

Chapter 8 Cosmic Society Now 143

Frequently Asked Questions 167

Notes 207

Recommendations for Further Reading 213

About the Illustrations 223

Index 233

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