Verdict: FROM THE BIG BANG THEORY TO YOUR CELLS: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF MINERALS takes what could be dry or overly technical science, covering a grand scheme of history and makes it relatable and interesting as well as compelling. It is thought, and maybe even action-provoking.
The essential compounds in the human body today can be traced in detail from the beginning of the universe to their impact in daily life.
FROM THE BIG BANG TO YOUR CELLS is a serious and compelling look at the often neglected minerals present in and necessary for human and plant life. In this lengthy tome, Kane takes a dedicated and in-depth journey into the creation of minerals in the universe and traces them all the way to current health effects and what our nutrition should and should not include. The vast and thorough examination includes a trail of minerals from ancient planets to soil and their transition into plants and then humans. Kane breaks down essential and primary and secondary minerals in plants and then takes it to humans with the same detailed look. The narrative concludes with the minerals in human cells and the latest research about their presence, absence and the effects of too much and too little, alleging the human form has “more use for minerals than any other nutrient, including vitamins, calories, carbohydrates, or protein.”
Kane approaches a complicated historical investigation with a light and affable tone that makes what otherwise might be dense, into interesting reading and a true learning experience. Some of the science that could otherwise be hard to comprehend is presented in a way that is clear and simplified enough to engage the lay reader with its impact on daily life. Though the history is a bit overwhelming, how it leads to the current existence of such a wide variety of minerals in and around the human body and the surprising mineral content in some foods normally seen as healthy (e.g., arsenic in fruit) is thought provoking. Kane begins and goes full circle with the tale of apples and the complex scheme of minerals therein which ties the history and nutrition together neatly. Even though almost all aspects of life and science are covered in the history of minerals that Kane presents capably, he makes it relatable with simple examples that can be seen in anyone’s daily life and diet. Though at times repetitive and several parts could be a bit more succinct, there is a lot of ground covered and the theories and conclusions are complex but mostly laid out in a way to be truly fascinating.
FROM THE BIG BANG THEORY TO YOUR CELLS: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF MINERALS takes what could be dry or overly technical science, covering a grand scheme of history and makes it relatable and interesting as well as compelling. It is thought, and maybe even action-provoking.