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The New Universe and the Human Future: How a Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World Paperback – Illustrated, June 5 2012

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  • Publisher : Yale University Press; Illustrated edition (June 5 2012)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0300181248
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0300181241
  • Item weight : 532 g
  • Dimensions : 16.51 x 1.91 x 22.86 cm
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"So what kind of meaning do Primack and Abrams find in the cosmos? Their book answers this question through a totally engaging and very readable exploration of 'the new universe' explained by quantum physics and contemporary astrophysics. . . . The View from the Center of the Universe goes a long way in that direction, and it should be read by anyone, not just scientists, who worry about the human condition."—Deepak Chopra, The Huffington Post

"Primack and Abrams open the only way forward that can possibly work."—Deepak Chopra, The Huffington Post

"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

"The authors tell the cosmology story well and illustrate it with stunning images, in the book and online at"—Ron Cowan, Science News

"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

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

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.

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.

"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

"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

". . . fascinating and potentially transformative."—Priyamvada Natarajan, Yale University

"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

"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

About 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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5.0 out of 5 stars this book is brilliant!
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