In the collection of essays The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew (Pantheon Books), physicist and novelist Alan Lightman ’70 explores, among other topics, the possibility that there are multiple universes; our longing for permanence despite “the fleeting nature of things”; and how technology can separate us from nature and other people.

Gabriel Finkelstein *96 calls Emil du Bois-Reymond (1818-1896) “the most important forgotten intellectual of the 19th century.” In the biography Emil du Bois-Reymond: Neuroscience, Self, and Society in Nineteenth-Century Germany (The MIT Press), Finkelstein brings attention to this pioneering German scientist, who gained recognition for his research in neuroscience and his public lectures on science and culture.

Noise Petals was a 1980s rock band that performed at Princeton. The group — James Trigg ’88, Jeremy Toback ’88, Tom Stegeman ’89, and Hearn Cho ’88 — which disbanded, has released a digital album of its 1988 vinyl LP through CollegeBand.