For Immediate Release

AUGUST 29, 2007

Media Release



SUDBURY, ON – Science North is the next stop on a North-American tour by world-renowned scientist, Joel R. Primack and lawyer/writer Nancy Ellen Abrams. They will visit Science North on Monday, September 10th at 7:30 p.m. to present a public lecture about their new book, The View From the Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos. Advance general-admission tickets for this presentation are free and available at Science North. The presentation will take place in the Inco Cavern. Seating is limited. Presented in co-operation with the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNOLAB) and Laurentian University.

About The View From The Center of the Universe

Have you ever wondered what “the universe” really is, or asked yourself how humans fit into the cosmos, or whether we are insignificant or alone? Today a deluge of data from the distant never-before-seen universe is making it possible to answer these deep questions scientifically. Cosmology – the study of the universe as a whole – is in the midst of a scientific revolution, and what is emerging is humanity’s first understanding of the universe that might actually be true.

In The View From The Center of the Universe the authors make the case that understanding the nature of our universe has profound implications for everyone on Earth. The ecological as well as financial and political balances in our own world, and the challenge of stewarding our planet through the coming end of explosive growth, will be addressed. Their goal is to help this generation and those in the future to use this new knowledge to expand our perspectives and protect the long-term well-being of our planet. Primack and Abrams assert that astronomy is in the midst of a scientific revolution, and we are the first generation able to see and understand the full complexities of the cosmos.

About the Authors

Joel R. Primack, Professor of Physics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, specializes in the formation and evolution of galaxies and the nature of the dark matter that makes up most of the matter in the universe. Primack received his A.B. from Princeton in 1966 and his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1970. After helping to create what is now called the “Standard Model” of particle physics, Primack began working in cosmology in the late 1970s and he became a leader in the new field of particle astrophysics.

Nancy Ellen Abrams received her B.A. in the history and philosophy of science from the University of Chicago, her J.D. from the University of Michigan, and a diploma in international law from the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City. She is a writer whose work has appeared in journals, newspapers,and magazines, such as The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Environment, California Lawyer, and Science and Global Security.

For more information about this presentation, please visit Science North on-line at [ http://sciencenorth.ca/whatsnew ]http://sciencenorth.ca/whatsnew .

For more information about The View From the Center of the Universe, please visit [ http://ViewfromtheCenter.com ]http://ViewfromtheCenter.com.

For more information about the SNOLAB, please visit [ http://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/ ]http://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/

Representatives of the media are welcome to cover this event.

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Media Contacts:
Stephanie Deschenes
Marketing Specialist
Science North and Dynamic Earth
100 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, ON P3E 5S9
(705) 522-3701, ext. 277

Professor Clarence Virtue
Chair, Department of Physics
Laurentian University
(705) 675-1151 x2223 (office) or (705) 561-0465 (cell)

Dr. Chris Jillings
SNOLAB Research Scientist
(705) 692-7000 × 2266

Tess Tabor
Senior Publicist
Riverhead Books
(212) 366-2525


Media Contact:

Christine Catt
Marketing Specialist
Science North & Dynamic Earth
(705) 522-3701 ext. 227

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