Your Atomic Self: The Invisible Elements That Connect You to Everything Else in the Universe

By Curt Stager

What do atoms need to do along with your existence? In Your Atomic Self, scientist Curt Stager finds how they attach you to a few of the main extraordinary issues within the universe.

You will stick to your oxygen atoms via hearth and water and from forests in your fingernails. Hydrogen atoms will wriggle into your hair and betray the place you reside and what you've been ingesting. The carbon on your breath turns into tree trunks, and the sodium on your tears will hyperlink you to long-dead oceans. The nitrogen on your muscle groups may also help to show the sky blue, the phosphorus on your bones might help to show the coastal waters of North Carolina eco-friendly, the calcium on your enamel will weigh down your nutrients among atoms that have been mined via mushrooms, and the iron on your blood will kill microbes because it as soon as killed a star.

You also will become aware of that a lot of what loss of life needs to unavoidably do in your physique is already taking place between lots of your atoms at this very second and that, still, you and everybody else you recognize will consistently exist someplace within the textile of the universe.

You aren't in basic terms made from atoms; you're atoms, and this ebook, in essence, is an atomic box advisor to yourself.

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