See also: Belief systemJensen’s encapsulated 2012 summary statement, from his Notebooks of an Epicurean Materialist, of his particular thermodynamic philosophy (see also: philosophical thermodynamics), being openly atheist (contrary to the status of most scientists, who predominately, in the range of 95 percent, are atheist "but do not like to say so", in the words of Napoleon (see: Napoleon-Laplace anecdote), is as follow: 
“As a scientist, I feel, both intellectually and esthetically, that the laws of thermodynamics are by far the most powerful and significant product produced by western science. As a secular humanist, who believes that the human race is ultimately on its own and cannot count on some last minute supernatural intervention to bail it out of its collective woes, I feel that the confrontation between these laws and the apparent inability of humans to transcend their biologically ingrained imperative to reproduce at all costs will form the ultimate test of whether civilization, and possibly even the human race itself, will survive in the future.”
|Jensen reading in his history of chemistry archives and museum at the University of Cincinnati. |
See main: History of chemistryIn 1977, American chemist Ralph Oesper, noted for his 1975 The Human Side of Scientists, a book on chemical anecdotes, left a substantial endowment to the Chemistry Department at the University of Cincinnati for the support of activities in the history of chemistry.
|Left: caricature of Lewis, originally done by Jensen in 1970, depicting American physical chemist Gilbert Lewis as a prophet of the chemical bond for the vision of his dot structure notation developed as an aid to students during his 1902 chemistry lectures at Harvard. Right: retouched caricature of Lewis, by Libb Thims (2012), as one of the prophets of modern thermodynamics, for the publication of his 1923 chemical thermodynamics textbook, soon known as the "bible" of thermodynamics (see: thermodynamic bible), for, in the words of chemistry historian Henry Leicester, (a) replacing the word "affinity" by the word "free energy" throughout the English speaking world, and most importantly (b) through the simplification of 700-equation treatise of Willard Gibbs into the following truncated equation: ΔG < 0, which has since come to be called the Lewis inequality for natural processes, an equation which has been found to govern both human nature and chemical nature (see: human free energy) or as put succinctly by Goethe "there is, after all, only one nature".|