Although Rogowski majored in literature at Reed
(he wrote his senior thesis on Dostoevsky), his friends were a clique
of physics students who helped shape his worldview. He recalls funny,
weird, intense, middle-of-the-night conversations about theoretical physics
or why fingertips get sticky when wet.
graduating, Rogowski dropped a plan to pursue a doctorate and then teach.
He was working a dreary job pouring concrete when he serendipitously found
a hunk of cedar and a hand plane discarded in the bushes outside the house
he shared with friends. He crafted a simple bench from the wood and launched
himself into a new career.