In the mid sixteenth century, the Polish mathematician, Nicolaus Copernicus proposed
the Sun at the centre of our solar system instead of the Earth. "The Earth was not the centre of
all things celestial", he said, "but instead was one of several planets circling a sun, which
one of many suns in the universe"
Three centuries later, in 1859, Charles Darwin futher changed our view of ourselves,
that humans were a part of Earth's natural world, not separate from the biological systems
which govern the lives of all other living things.
Developments of Copernicus's heliocentric idea of the origins of our place in the
Darwin's ideas of our kinship with prehuman ancestors, now gives us vast picture of our
chemical origins. The celestial canvas stretches from the enormous mass of lifeless stardust
at the beginning of the universe to the tiny pocket of stardust that made the Earth and initiated
the first biochemical reactions, which now power our bodies.
Zooscan develops this panorama.