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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