Books – New and In Print

#b#Non-Fiction: Public Affairs/Politics#/b#William G. Bowen & Michael S. McPherson, “Lesson Plan: An Agenda for Change in American Higher Education,” Princeton University Press. www.press.princeton.eduAmerican higher education does face serious problems...

Out of the Blue: The Gomboc

Some of you may remember the Weeble, the roly-poly toy popular in the 1970s. Kids could knock them down, but they would always pop back to their original position...

Calls for Poets, Photographers, & Artists

#b#Ekphrastic Poetry:Visual in Verse#/b#If you have ever looked at a piece of sculpture and experienced a poetic moment, then you might be on the verge of creating an ekphrastic,...

The Origin of John Nash’s Equilibrium Theorem

#b#From the movie, ‘A Beautiful Mind,’ starring Russell Crowe:#/b#Below is the dialogue from the bar scene in the movie, when John Nash and some of his fellow math students...

An Unassailable Bond

A marriage of inconvenience was, I suppose, what we signed up for. Although, that doesn’t quite tell it true. We thought ourselves defiers of convention, although one could argue...

On the Bookshelf: Fun Times for Geeks

Raphael Rosen, “Math Geek: From Klein Bottles to Chaos Theory, a Guide to the Nerdiest Math Facts, Theorems, and Equations.” Adams Media, a division of F+W Media Inc. www.adamsmedia.com.On...

Life’s Joys: Goodness, Beauty, Truth . . . and the Molar

Alice Calaprice, Daniel Kennefick, & Robert Schulmann, “An Einstein Encyclopedia,” Princeton University Press. www.press.princeton.edu.It’s the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s theory of relativity and that is occasion enough for another...

At the Michener and Morven

‘Molten steel, billowing smoke, soot-covered miners, and the jagged geometry of mills and factories covering vast tracts of land — these are not the usual subjects for artists,” says...

Soviet Noncomformist Art & Hyperrealism at the Zimmerli

The Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, donated to the Zimmerli in 1991, underwent an extensive reinstallation in spring 2012. Museum staff took...

A Composer’s Musical Awakening

As a music lover who studied classical music and eventually became a composer, I was immensely fortunate to grow up in Princeton.It’s hard to say exactly when music entered...