“Don’t gain the world and lose your soul;
wisdom is better than silver or gold.” -Bob Marley
Going back to ancient times, it’s hard to think of a more commonly coveted element than gold. In fact, trying to transmute other elements into it was perhaps the holy grail of the pseudoscience of alchemy, the forerunner of modern chemistry.
Yet, when was the last time you thought about where elements like gold actually came from? It’s true that small amounts are made in supernovae, but is that enough to account for the amount of gold we have here on Earth?
The surprising answer is no! So where does gold come from, cosmically? Go read the whole thing and find out.