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

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

by Nancy Ellen Abrams, Joel R. Primack
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300165080

ISBN-13: 9780300165081

Pub. Date: 04/19/2011

Publisher: Yale University Press

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300165081
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/19/2011
Series:
Terry Lectures Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

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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