“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood... were made in the interiors of collapsing stars” Carl Sagan
IN THE BEGINNING there was the void. The Universe was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep. Then there was light and the light was good.
The light was energy and from that energy came matter. But the matter was simple and disparate, which was not good.
Then matter was drawn together and the first stars illuminated the darkness. From within the belly of the inferno, simplicity begat complexity and the first heavy elements were born.
Hydrogen begat helium. Helium begat carbon and oxygen. Carbon begat magnesium and aluminum and these begat silicon and iron.
Heavy with their elemental progeny, the stars burst forth and spread their seed into the darkness. From the star’s seed, came forth the Sun and the Earth.
On the land, hydrogen married oxygen and together they became water. The elements came together and created complex chemicals and these in turn created amino acids and proteins.
From the amino acids and proteins was brought forth life and soon the waters were pregnant with living creatures. The living creatures were fruitful, increased in number and filled the waters of the seas, the lands of the Earth and the vaults of the sky.
One of these creatures came to be called man and he looked to the heavens and asked “where did I come from?”