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An artist's book about the Elements of the Periodic Table
and our inherent inseparability from everything.
An artist's book about the Elements of the Periodic Table and our inherent inseparability from everything.
110 backers pledged $7,653 to help bring this project to life.

Your origins in a giant, fast burning, short lived, massive star + some admin.

Posted by Hannah Burr (Creator)

Today is December 1! We slide into the holiday vortex in earnest now, and we have 14 days left in the campaign!

I'm going to share with you a thing that delighted me in the research I've done for this book. I learned that all of the elements are created in star explosions, the big bang, outerspace collisions, and stars like our sun burning through its gases. One type of star, a massive, fast burning star, which appears bluish in the sky versus reddish, ends its short life in a massive explosion called a Type II Supernova. In this explosion, the following elements are created: 

Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen, Fluorine, Neon, Sodium, Magnesium, Aluminum, Silicon, Phosphorus, Sulfur, Chlorine, Argon, Potassium, Calcium, Scandium, Titanium, Vanadium, Chromium, Manganese, Iron, Cobalt, Nickel, Copper, Zinc, Gallium, Germanium, Arsenic, Selenium, Bromine, Krypton, Rubidium, Strontium, Yttrium, and Zirconium. *

The bolded elements listed above are in your body, are a part of you. The italicized elements above are essential to your life. 

So vital parts of you are from, indebted to, and born of the dramatic end of a massive, fast burning star. Chew on that!

OK. that's the fun fact. It will appear as a diagram in the book.


Second thing is that, as of today, my extremely ambitious plan to get to $8000 has not been realized. We are however at an amazing 187% of the goal, and about 175 books have been reserved. Go us! Thank you. 

So while I still am happy to send out gift cards for you to gift your reserved books for the holidays, I can't do it without 

a) you messaging me to let me know you'd like this and 

b) when you need them by (as early as Dec. 5) and 

c) there's an extra cost in the FAQ. It was $10 for this service but I'm going to make it $5.

 An alternative is that you can make a gift card yourself. Let me know if you'd like some words to help you craft a gift card. Yes. I'm getting granular but also want to be helpful!


Third, I've been touched by everyone who has shared via instagram, facebook or email about this project with friends, family, peers and colleagues. Each time someone has, more people have seen and shared, and backed the project. Before we all lose our minds in the holiday slush, this weekend would be a very good time to share if you were thinking of doing so!

Have a great start to your month and look up at yourself in the twinkly bluish stars if it's clear sometime this month if you get the chance!

* The nitty gritty details are in part based on the research of Jennifer Johnson of Ohio State University. And to learn more, you can check out the Nucleosynthesis Wiki Page

**Some of these same Elements are also created in other star processes as well.

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