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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