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Nancy Ellen Abrams and Joel Primack

CLEMSON — Clemson University’s physics and astronomy department is sponsoring a pair of public lectures by noted academicians Joel Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams. This husband and wife team will be on campus Thursday and Friday.

Cover of bookIn the first presentation, the couple will address “The New Universe and the Human Future: How a Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World.“ This lecture will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Holtzendorff lecture hall.

The second lecture, co-sponsored by the philosophy and religion department, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday in Brackett Hall auditorium. Abrams will discuss “A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science and the Future of Our Planet.” Shedding traditional religious conceptions, she builds on the idea of emergence, a powerful new scientific concept that cuts across many fields and hones in on the complex relations inherent in our universe. Abrams presents a fresh approach to an ancient topic that has intrigued scientists and theologians for years. 

Book coverAbrams, an attorney, cultural philosopher and lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has worked for the Ford Foundation and the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress.

Primack, Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is a leading astrophysicist working on the frontiers of modern cosmology.

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