Speaker - Joel R. Primack

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Joel R. Primack is one of the world's leading cosmologists and a creator of the foundational theory of Cold Dark Matter, which is the basis of the standard modern theory of the universe. He and his team use some of the world's biggest supercomputers to simulate the evolution of the universe, and they compare the results with observational data. Primack has recently chaired the Forum on Physics and Society of the American Physical Society, as well as the Committee on Science, Ethics, and Religion of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a coauthor with Frank von Hippel of Advice and Dissent: Scientists in the Political Arena (1974). With Nancy Ellen Abrams, he is co-author of The View from the Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos (Penguin/Riverhead, 2006) and The New Universe and the Human Future: How a Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World (Yale University Press, 2011) . Primack and Abrams are married and have a daughter, Samara Bay (

2 Programs

Joel Primack: Consciousness of the Cosmos

10.26.12 | 00:41:03 min | 0 comments

The View from the Center of the Universe

04.14.06 | 01:22:56 min | 8 comments