"It alerts us to the impermanence of ourselves as self-aware, free moral agents. And it forces us to appreciate virtue as a good in itself, not as a means to an end. Because everything will cease to exist as we know it."
— Rachel Pedersen ‘14, of Far Hills, N.J, a double major in physics and philosophy, commenting on her passion for entropy, the second law of thermodynamics
(Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)