Prize for Excellence
in Science Books
Commended Young Adult Science Book
"FROM THE PROLOGUE:
"You will follow your oxygen atoms through fire and water and from forests to your fingernails. Hydrogen atoms will wriggle into your hair and betray where you live and what you have been drinking. The carbon in your breath will become tree trunks, and the sodium in your tears will link you to long-dead oceans. The nitrogen in your muscles will help to turn the sky blue, the phosphorus in your bones will help to turn the coastal waters of North Carolina green, the calcium in your teeth will crush your food between atoms that were mined by mushrooms, and the iron in your blood will kill microbes as it once killed a star...
You are not only made of atoms; you are atoms, and this book, in essence, is an atomic field guide to yourself."
"Curt Stager is the finest and most entertaining explainer I've ever come across. Read this book and I guarantee you that the world--and your own darned self--will look very different to you in the future.” —Bill McKibben, author Wandering Home
"Curt Stager is of a rare breed, a gifted scientist with the eyes of an artist and the heart of a poet. -Lee Billings, author of Five Billion Years of Solitude.
"Curt Stager takes us on a ride into Wonderland, exploring in an intimate way how different atoms and molecules are essential to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. After reading Your Atomic Self, you won’t take even the most basic elements of natural life for granted anymore." —Neil F. Comins, author of What if the Earth had Two Moons?
"Delightful alchemy; Curt Stager transforms atomic science into lustrous, golden stories about the hidden connections that unite us all." - David George Haskell, author of The Forest Unseen
"Why Most of Your Body
is Younger Than You Are."
World Science Festival
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