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

Karel Schrijver and Iris Schrijver


This book 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 entire body 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, ... More

Keywords: human body, element, geological process, stardust, universe, galaxy, nature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198727439
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727439.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karel Schrijver, author
Senior Fellow, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center, California

Iris Schrijver, author
Professor of Pathology and Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine Pathology Department