“We cannot conceive of matter being formed of nothing, since things require a seed to start from… Therefore there is not anything which returns to nothing, but all things return dissolved into their elements.” -William Shakespeare
Every element found on Earth was made in either the Big Bang or the cores of stars… except these three.
When you look at the periodic table of the elements, you’re likely familiar with the fact that everything found on Earth is made up of some combination of these varied atoms, each with its own unique properties. And it’s true that the lightest of these elements — hydrogen and helium, in particular — were formed in the Big Bang, while the heavier ones — carbon and above — were formed in the interiors of stars. But if we look at the abundances of the elements in the Solar System, we find something a little weird.
There’s a tiny — but non-zero — amount of elements #3, 4 and 5: lithium, beryllium, and boron. They’re not made in stars; in fact, they’re destroyed in stars! Where, then, do they come from? Go read the full story at Starts With A Bang on Medium and find out!