The quest for the origin of the elements.

@article{Fowler1984TheQF,
  title={The quest for the origin of the elements.},
  author={William A. Fowler},
  journal={Science},
  year={1984},
  volume={226 4677},
  pages={
          922-35
        }
}
  • W. Fowler
  • Published 1 March 1984
  • Physics
  • Science
All life on Earth depends on the energy in sunlight, which comes initially from the nuclear fusion of hydrogen into helium deep in the solar interior. But the sun did not produce the chemical elements which are found in the earth and in our bodies. The first two elements and their stable isotopes, hydrogen and helium, emerged from the first few minutes of the early high-temperature, high-density stage of the expanding Universe, the so-called big bang. 
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