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The View From the Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos

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In this strikingly original book, a world-renowned cosmologist and an innovative writer of the history and philosophy of science uncover an astonishing truth: Humans actually are central to the universe. What does this mean for our culture and our personal lives? The answer is revolutionary: a science-based cosmology that allows us to understand the universe as a whole and our extraordinary place in it.

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Overview

In this strikingly original book, a world-renowned cosmologist and an innovative writer of the history and philosophy of science uncover an astonishing truth: Humans actually are central to the universe. What does this mean for our culture and our personal lives? The answer is revolutionary: a science-based cosmology that allows us to understand the universe as a whole and our extraordinary place in it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594482557
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/7/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 526,843
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel R. Primack is one of the world's leading cosmologists who helped to create the "Standard Model" of particle physics. He was also one of the principal originators of the Cold Dark matter theory.

Nancy Ellen Abrams is a lawyer and writer with a long-term interest in the history, philosophy, and politics of science.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2006

    Cosmology for Human Beings

    I teach astronomy at a local college. My interest in science started years ago in the discovery of Isaac Asimov and his infinite interests. He won my heart with his ability to explain difficult subjects in terms that allowed me to keep reading, going to the mathematics later if I were so inclined. When I got through with an Asimov book I felt I knew the subject at an educated layman's level. Remember back a decade or so when Hawking's 'A Brief History of Time' appeared on every coffee table? Few that I met could converse about it, assuming they had been able to finish it. Explaining science is a different art than doing it. With this book I felt that I had returned to my youth. Primack and Abrams have delivered an important work that is readable to the depth you desire. TVFCU, to abbreviate it, makes science, in this case cosmology, the concern of everyone. They explain the concepts of the Big Bang and its implications not only to the universe in general but to us in particular. They find that normal language is not sufficient for the task and rely instead on metaphor. They show how mankind, from the beginning, has explained things in this fashion and we would do well to emulate them. Metaphor gives examples that are easy to remember and pass on to everyone. Mathematics, valid in scientific depth, limits the audience. When you get done reading you have a good idea of the reality of the universe and terms with which you can think about it, helping you to find your place in this infinity. Rather than being overwhelmed, one might find cause for happiness in being a human being at this period of the cosmic age. The one drawback I have is the number of index notes. Almost a quarter of the book consists of these notes, many of them integral to understanding the material. I would like to have seen more of these notes incorporated into the main text and other lesser information put in footnotes, leaving the back of the book with citations of authors quoted. It's difficult to read a book flipping back and forth several times per paragraph. Word is, the paperback version is due in several months and I will be getting some as gifts for friends who specialized in the humanities. I recommend this book highly.

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

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    Highly Recommend

    I won't even attempt a review. Many of the concepts were difficult to wrap my head around but even so it was one of the most fascinating books I've ever read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2007

    Chicken little view of the world

    The only good parts of this effort are the chapters which review the current state of cosmological research. The rest is simply another 'be afraid be very afraid' exposition of how bad things are. The scientist of the pair apparently had to accomdate the 'song writer' partner in order to keep peace in the family. The is also a danger here in that the citations, which are resonably developed to suport the authors views, are not described or categorized as all having a slanted and negative view of the world

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