PEOPLE'S PURPOSE: One moonless summer night in Maine, the theoretical physicist and bestselling novelist Alan Lightman ’70 got lost in the stars while on a boat. He wondered, “How do we understand experiences like this from a scientific point of view?” This question is at the heart of Lightman’s new miniseries for PBS, Searching: Our Quest for Meaning in the Age of Science. In the series, Lightman travels around the world to speak with philosophers, ethicists, neuroscientists, and faith leaders to understand how humans fit in the grand scheme of things. While the series draws from three of his books, Lightman was also inspired by his time at Princeton. “I found that the place itself encouraged a contemplative, reflective disposition.”
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