Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

B2FH

More than sixty years ago, before the computer was invented, astrophysics gave us its greatest gift.

A gift which forced a change in our understanding.

You see, it was discovered that the atoms of our bodies were forged in giant clouds of gas. Clouds we better know as stars.

Which sounds crazy. How could we possibly be related to a ball made of sizzling fumes?

But the fiery heart of a star is so hot that, with enough time, it fuses gasses together to make a solid.

Given long enough, the stars would forge the carbon for our muscles, the calcium for our bones and the iron for our blood.

All the gaseous giants had to do next was bring the elements to our corner of the Milky Way.

Luckily for us, celestial bodies don’t go out with a whimper. They blow up, shooting their fertile guts across the cosmos, where their remains are recycled into new heavenly bodies.

And so, our ingredients passed from star to star. Until finally the Sun, the Earth and our other rocky compatriots were born.

You already know what happened next—our special lump of dirt cooked up some life.

And earthlife is no stranger to the universe, it is the universe.

We are stardust. How could you possibly not feel at home?

P.S. B2FH is the name of the paper which laid out how stars change the gaseous elements of the universe into their heavier counterparts. And it’s also one of the most heavily cited papers in astrophysics history.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach