“Nature, you instruct me.”

``Settle thy studies.'' Alone in his workroom, a student contemplates his future. Piles of books teeter next to him. Boxes line the walls; and glass vials, the boxes. Sunbeams that struggle through the stained-glass window illuminate dust. The student's name is Faust. I met him during my last winter in college, while complementing Physics 42: [...]