Quote of the Month 11
The quote for February:
Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements – the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution and for life – weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way for them to get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.
Lawrence M. Krauss
A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing
I have always found that first sentence to be one of the most awe inspiring and profound thoughts that I have come across.
To be honest, I had not read anything by Lawrence Krauss until today. I have heard Christopher Hitchens mention him a few times and finally found the time to look him up. Looks very interesting and I hope that I will be able to get my hands on some of his books in the future.
And, after reading the last two sentences of the quote, I like his sense of humor as well.