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

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Penguin, Aug 7, 2007 - Science - 400 pages
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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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User Review  - br77rino - LibraryThing

Joel Primack and his wife Nancy do a great job of showing Cosmology in its present form, emphasizing that it is more optimistic than it's ever been. There is a good discussion of Egyptian cosmology ... Read full review

THE VIEW FROM THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The universe is a big, lonely place. But don't feel too small: Here's a book that reassures us that we all have a part in it.Cosmology asks Big Questions: What is the universe made of? How old is it ... Read full review


What Is Scientific Cosmology?
Is the Universe Something?
Just Theories?
What Happens in a Scientific Revolution?
Is the New Theory of the Universe True?
Are Truth and Beauty Really Inseparable?
Common Sense and Intuition Are Earthbound
Myth Is Cosmologys Native Language
A Brief Detour Through the Quantum World
Cosmic Inflation Drew Blueprints for Galaxies
Eternal Inflation
The Cosmic Las Vegas
The Kabbalistic Creation Myth
Creation Stories of the Future
Many Planets One Earth
A Dance of Stability and Catastrophe Led to Life Here

Our Big Picture
The Cosmology of Ancient Egypt
The Cosmology of the Bible
Ancient Greece Invents the Geocentric Universe
The Alexandrian Synthesis
The Medieval Cosmology of the Heavenly Spheres
The Copernican Revolution Leads to the Newtonian Universe
Where We Stand Today
The LargeScale Structure of the Universe
Ordinary Matter
Dark Matter
Dark Energy
Visualizing the Universe as a Whole
Discovering Our Place on the Cosmic Density Pyramid
A New View of Space
A New View of Time
How Much Time Has There Been?
The Age of the UniverseMeasuring Cosmic Time
The Cosmic Spheres of Time
The Cosmic Spheres of Time as the Future
Our Modern Creation Story
Contemplating the Cosmic Spheres of Time
There Are a Largest and a Smallest Size
The Key to Cosmic Perspective
Why Scale Models Never Work
Scale Confusion
Scale Chauvinism
Are We Insignificant?
Cosmic Inflation
Is Intelligent Life on Earth a Fluke?
What We Already Know About Intelligent Aliens
SETIThe Search for Extraterres trial Intelligence
Are We Alone?
We Think in Metaphors
Gravity and Wealth
Scale and Politics
Cosmic Inflation and the Environment
Faith in the Future
This Worldwide Turning Point
The Existential Alternative
The Price of Centrality
Human Is a Big Identity
Midgard the Golden City of the Expanding Universe
Integrating Cosmic Ideas into Our Lives
Taking Our Extraordinary Place in Time
This Sacred Opportunity

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