Sunday, May 6, 2012

The poetry of physics

I was excited to meet many of my heroes at the recent national convention of American Atheists.  One of these heroes is Laurence M. Krauss, a theoretical physicist and director of the Origins project at Arizona State University.  I love this quote by Krauss about the poetry of physics:
“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 the stars, and the only way for them to get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget God. The stars died so that you could be here today.”

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