In this work, Primack and Abrams attempt a remarkable thing: to synthesize all our current understanding of cosmology into a new world culture myth about the universe and humankind's place in it.
The authors do not use the word 'myth' in the sense of Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny or something that is patently juvenile and untrue. Myth is at the heart of human spirituality. Myth is the story we make for ourselves that explains our relationship to the universe.
All the world's great civilizations have had great myths whose principle purpose was to explain existence and give purpose to each person's life. Our modern age is without such a myth--we are perhaps suspicious of myths and think ourselves too sophisticated to need them. But the lack of such a unifying (and yes 'reassuring') myth goes a large way in explaining our modern angst.
Most of us, in some cases on an unconscious level, think of the universe as vast, empty, expanse, and regard our own personal existence to be without meaning or significance.
The View from the Center of the Universe argues that this lonely, existential view is based on an outdated cosmology, that it is does not at all reflect a vision of the universe as it 'actually is'.
The universe as it 'actually' is, filled with virtual particles popping in and out of existence, filled with dark matter that we can't even see, and with the very fabric of space expanding exponentially, is a strange and wondrous place.
What is even more strange and wondrous is that mankind seems to have a central and pivotal place in all this. What an exciting idea! And how brilliantly the authors expound it.
In the meantime, you way wish to check the authors' website: viewfromthecenter.com