Our Role in the Center of the Universe

During my college reunion earlier this month at Princeton, I attended a marvelous, multi-media presentation by astrophysicist and cosmologist, Joel Primack, and his collaborator, philosopher, wife, Nancy Abrams, on their new book, The View from the Center of the Universe.

In the book and in their presentation, the authors use recent advances in astronomy, physics, and cosmology to frame a compelling new theory for understanding the universe and our role in it. In short, they argue for the hopeful and uplifting proposition that, rather than a meaningless speck in the vastness of space, we can validly consider ourselves to be located in center of the universe, occupying a unique place in the cosmos.

You can read an excerpt from the book at this National Public Radio site noting selection of the book by Alan Cheuse in his annual roundup of summer reading choices for All Things Considered.

More information is available at this Primack and Abrams website. If you join their mailing list, you will receive a URL with which you can read a complete chapter from the book, entitled "What Size is the Universe? The Cosmic Uroboros"