John Ransom

“Naught is possessed, neither gold, nor land nor love, nor life, nor peace, nor even sorrow nor death, nor yet salvation. Say of nothing: It is mine. Say only: It is with me.”

-D.H. Lawrence

 



In the beginning, God created gold. And the free markets for them.

The creation of all gold- that which has come to symbolize money- was forged by nature out of a violent cataclysm of a stellar- and singular- magnitude, that was much bigger than a Facebook IPO.

Even today, scientists still do not agree how gold was created. 

They do know that it would have taken a force with both extreme temperature and extreme gravity in order to combine the basic hydrogen and helium atoms found in nature to create gold.

Some scientists theorize that a massive supernova- the explosion of a large star- would have been enough to create gold. Others say that the force and heat of a supernova would have been inadequate to create gold. Rather, they insist, it must have been the collision of two neutron stars that created gold. Only in such a collision, they theorize, would we have found adequate force and heat to bind together the unique seventy-nine atom arrangement that makes gold.



To put into perspective how much force is needed to accomplish the creation of gold under this theory, you could fit about one million earths into the mass the sun occupies. A neutron star has so much gravitational pull that it packs 1.5 to 2 times the mass of the sun in a ball the diameter of six to ten miles only.

Acting on gravity alone, an object falling from only 3 feet high on a neutron star- at 1.5 times our sun’s mass- would hit the surface traveling at a speed of 4.3 million miles per hour. Because of the intense concentration of mass, you’d weight 190 billion times what you do on earth on the surface of a neutron star. 


John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance.
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