Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams


For additional info on Nancy Ellen Abrams:  bookbio  photo  photo2


For additional info on Joel R. Primack: scipp bio  longerbio  bookbio  photo  photo2


Website for Joel and Nancy's book View from the Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos (Riverhead/Penguin, 2006; HarperCollins, 2006; foreign editions, 2008-):


Website for Nancy and Joel's book The New Universe and the Human Future: How a Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World (Yale University Press, 2011):


Nancy Ellen Abrams' music, writing, and speaking website:


Joel Primack's UCSC website:


Papers and Articles on Cosmology and Culture


"Cosmology and 21st Century Culture" (invited essay for Science's Compass), by Nancy Ellen Abrams and Joel R. Primack, Science, 293, 1769-1770 (7 September 2001).link to article: html  PDF


"Cosmic Questions: An Introduction," by Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams, in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, vol 950, proceedings of the conference "Cosmic Questions" sponsored by the AAAS Program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion, held April 14-16, 1999 at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 
link to article html PDF link to CD-ROM


"Gravity, the Ultimate Capitalist Principle," by Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams  Invited article for 15th anniversary issue of Tikkun magazine, Tikkun 16 (5), 59-61 (Sept/Oct 2001).  link to article: html PDF


"Scientific Revolutions in Cosmology: Overthrowing vs. Encompassing," by Nancy Ellen Abrams and Joel R. Primack, Philosophy in Science, Vol. 9, pp. 75-96 (Tucson: Pachart Publishing House, 2001).
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"Einstein's Idea of God," by Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack, in God for the 21st Century, ed. Russell Stannard (Philadelphia: Templeton Foundation Press, 2000).link to article: html PDF


"Cosmology and Culture," by Joel R. Primack, Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences Bulletin 17(3), pp. 9-15 (Summer 1997).
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"In A Beginning... Quantum Cosmology and Kabbalah," by Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams, Tikkun 10 (1), 66-73 (Jan/Feb1995). Reprinted in NAMTA Journal (North American Montessori Teachers Association), vol. 25, no. 2 (Spring 2000), pp 138-154.
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Articles and Interviews on Space Debris and Space Policy


"Night Life" Joel Primack interview with Sarah Reed, BBC Sky at Night January 2007, p. 106. link to article: PDF


"Debris and Future Space Activities," by Joel R. Primack. Invited talk by Joel R. Primack at Conference on Future Security in Space, at New Place (near Southampton, England) on May 28-29, organized by the Monterey Institute of International Studies Center for Nonproliferation Studies and by the University of Southampton's Mountbatten Centre. 
link to article: PDF  link to Powerpoint: PDF


"Star Wars Forever" by Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams, Astronomy Now, June 2002, p. 90. 
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"Star Wars Forever" by Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams. Invited talk by Joel R. Primack at Conference on Science and the Search for Meaning, April 19, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris.
link to article: PDF


Articles on Science and Technology Advice


 "Scientific Mediation and Technology Policy Convergence," by Joel R. Primack and Nancy E. Abrams, in Science and Technology Advice to the President, Congress, and the Judiciary, edited by William T. Golden (Pergamon Press, 1988; 2nd edition, AAAS, 1993), pp. 275-279.  PDF


"The Public and Technological Decisions," by Nancy E. Abrams and Joel R. Primack, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 36 (6), 44-48 (June 1980).  PDF


"Helping the Public Decide," by Nancy E. Abrams and Joel R. Primack, Environment 22 (3), 14-20, 39-40 (April 1980).  PDF


"Nuclear Politics in Sweden," by Nancy E. Abrams, Environment 21 (4), 6-11, 39-40 (May 1979).  PDF


"Mediation: a better alternative to science courts," by Nancy Ellen Abrams and R. Stephen Berry, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 33 (4), 50-53 (April 1977).  PDF




"The Congressional Science Fellowship Program and Other Efforts to Improve Decisionmaking on Technology," invited talk at the Carnegie Institution conference in May 2004 celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Congressional Science and Technology Fellowship Program, published in the Proceedings (AAAS, 2005).  PDF


"Nuclear Waste Disposal: An Independent View of the Big Picture and a Proposal for CARD," by Nancy E. Abrams, at the 1998 conference of Citizens for Alternatives to Radioactive Dumping, Carlsbad, NM.  PDF


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