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The View from the Center of the Universe

Discovering our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos

Joel R.Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams

PREFACE

INTRODUCTION

Part I COSMOLOGICAL REVOLUTIONS

Chapter 1 Wrapping Your Mind Around the Universe

Chapter 2 From the Flat Earth to the Heavenly Spheres

Chapter 3 From the Center of the Universe to No Place Special

 

Part II THE NEW SCIENTIFIC PICTURE OF THE UNIVERSE

Chapter 4 What Is the Universe Made of? The Cosmic Density Pyramid

Chapter 5 What Is the Center of the Universe? The Cosmic Spheres of Time

Chapter 6 What Size is the Universe? The Cosmic Uroboros

Chapter 7 Where Do We Come From? The Cosmic Las Vegas

Chapter 8 Are We Alone? The Possibility of Alien Wisdom

 

Part III THE MEANINGFUL UNIVERSE

 Chapter 9 Think Cosmically, Act Globally

Chapter 10 Taking our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

ENDNOTES 

INDEX

 

The View from the Center of the Universe