Can the Universe be Comprehended?

November 17, 2014 With Joel Primack and Nancy Abrams

Among the major figures who have tried to understand it “all” is Joel Primack, physicist at the University of California, who helped to discover the “dark matter” of which twenty-five percent of the  universe is  composed. He and his wife, Nancy Abrams, joined us in conversation in 2006 to discuss their book, “The View from the Center of the Universe.” Among the less-than-trivial questions addressed are: how did the universe begin? how is it structured? what purpose, if any, does it reveal? what does it suggest about a transcendent power or powers? does it have any neighbor universes? Once again we find that the best way to stretch and/or strengthen the mind is through cosmology.


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