Neil DeGrasse Tyson is the new Carl Sagan. Astrophysicist, extremely personable and very outspoken, he’s been one of science’s greatest advocates of the last five to ten years. I’d love to have lunch with this man. He was asked what the most astounding thing about the universe was and his answer happened to be the thing I too find most astounding and incredible.
As poetic as that is, it’s not like he’s necessarily original in his thought. Consider this quote from Lawrence Krauss:
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 weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars. And the only way they could get into your body is if the stars were kind enough to explode. So forget Jesus. The stars died so you could be here today.