Don Lemons is the son of a United Methodist pastor. He earned a Ph.D. in physics from the College of William and Mary in 1977, and joined Bethel College in 1987 after a period on the scientific staff of Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has served as the assistant editor of the American Journal of Physics (1992-1995) and has published two books of mathematical physics. He lives with his wife Allison in Wichita, Kansas, and has two college-age sons. This essay is adapted from a talk given in the chapel of Bethel College.

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