Joel R. Primack is a professor of physics at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is also a research cosmologist, a leader in the new field of particle astrophysics, and one of the principal originators and developers of the theory of Cold Dark Matter. With his wife, Nancy Abrams, Primack teaches an award-winning course called "Cosmology and Culture," from which the two developed their book The View from the Center of the Universe. He has authored more than 200 technical articles for professional journals as well as written many articles for a popular audience. Primack is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was a founder of the Union of Concerned Scientists and served on the board of the Federation of American Scientists.
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