Class Notes

“In my end is my beginning…

June 30, 2016

..Because old men should be explorers.” For 40 years as an international development consultant, I borrowed peoples watches to tell them what time it was. And then I went back to school to learn again what Eliot taught long ago: “In order to arrive at what you do not know, you must go by a way which is the way of ignorance.” Piled Higher and Deeper was merely an invitation to ask a good question. Now after two bouts with cancer (prostate and colon), my wife and I spend half the year in Mexico, inviting our four children and one grandchild to dig their toes in the sand and listen to the mermaids singing, each to each. Deerfield taught me to honor truth (wherever you can find it), to celebrate language (how frequently abused), and to seek fresh perspectives (the antidote to uncertainty). Now, can someone please tell me how the Second Law of Thermodynamics really works inside a black hole?

Antony A Phipps

1961