Living with the Stars: How the Human Body is Connected to the Life Cycles of the Earth, the Planets…

Paperback | February 18, 2015

byKarel Schrijver, Iris Schrijver

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Living with the Stars tells the fascinating story of what truly makes the human body. The body that is with us all our lives is always changing. We are quite literally not who we were years, weeks, or even days ago: our cells die and are replaced by new ones at an astonishing pace. The entirebody continually rebuilds itself, time and again, using the food and water that flow through us as fuel and as construction material. What persists over time is not fixed but merely a pattern in flux. We rebuild using elements captured from our surroundings, and are thereby connected to animals and plants around us, and to the bacteria within us that help digest them, and to geological processes such as continental drift and volcanism here on Earth. We are also intimately linked to the Sun'snuclear furnace and to the solar wind, to collisions with asteroids and to the cycles of the birth of stars and their deaths in cataclysmic supernovae, and ultimately to the beginning of the universe. Our bodies are made of the burned out embers of stars that were released into the galaxy in massiveexplosions billions of years ago, mixed with atoms that formed only recently as ultrafast rays slammed into Earth's atmosphere. All of that is not just remote history but part of us now: our human body is inseparable from nature all around us and intertwined with the history of the universe.

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Living with the Stars tells the fascinating story of what truly makes the human body. The body that is with us all our lives is always changing. We are quite literally not who we were years, weeks, or even days ago: our cells die and are replaced by new ones at an astonishing pace. The entirebody continually rebuilds itself, time and a...

Karel Schrijver is a Senior Fellow at Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, California. He was trained as a stellar astrophysicist, but soon focused on the Sun as the one star that regulates life on Earth. His professional interests range from the magnetism in the solar interior and atmosphere to interplanetary sp...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:February 18, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198727437

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Table of Contents

1. The Illusion of Permanence2. Dying to Live3. Countering Wear and Tear4. Food for Thought5. Basking in Solar Energy6. The Human Elements7. Cycles of Change8. Infant Atoms9. The Origin of Elements10. Cosmic Rays and Galactic Ecology11. Tails in the Wind12. A Magnetic Heartbeat13. Building a Home14. Stardust in Flux

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"... successfully unites the expertise of an astrophysicist and a physician doing medical research to give a fresh perspective on life as a phenomenon, and on its place in the history and evolution of the Earth and beyond." --Fred W. Taylor, University of Oxford