Joel Primack is Professor of Physics at the University of California, Santa
Cruz. In collaboration with colleagues from astronomy (including Sandra Faber),
he developed the "cold dark matter" theory. Currently he has been
investigating the implications of various hypotheses regarding the identity of
the dark matter for the formation and distribution of galaxies. He also works
on science and technology policy. He and his wife, Nancy Ellen Abrams, are
exploring the cultural implications of the ongoing revolution in cosmology and
co-teach a popular UCSC course on Cosmology and Culture. He is the co-editor of
Dark Matter in the Universe (1995) and co-author of Advice and Dissent:
Scientists in the Political Arena (1972).
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