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

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-08-07
  • Publisher: Riverhead Trade

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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.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
Introductionp. 3
Cosmological Revolutions
Wrapping Your Mind Around the Universep. 15
From the Flat Earth to the Heavenly Spheresp. 39
From the Center of the Universe to No Place Specialp. 67
The New Scientific Picture of the Universe
What Is the Universe Made Of?: The Cosmic Density Pyramidp. 89
What Is the Center of the Universe?: The Cosmic Spheres of Timep. 122
What Size Is the Universe?: The Cosmic Uroborosp. 156
Where Do We Come From?: The Cosmic Las Vegasp. 179
Are We Alone?: The Possibility of Alien Wisdomp. 206
The Meaningful Universe
Think Cosmically, Act Globallyp. 239
Taking Our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmosp. 269
Acknowledgmentsp. 301
Notesp. 303
Indexp. 377
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