​The Metals Of Antiquity – Mercury

When Charles Lutwidge Dodgson penned his now famous children's book, he couldn't have known that the Hatter, one of the best-known characters in the story, would become synonymous with a type of mercury poisoning that affects the brain and nervous system 1 . That story is of course "Alice In Wonderland", and the author's pen name was Lewis Carroll....
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The Metals Of Antiquity – Iron

It's raining cats and dogs, and iron. Whilst today we know iron is, by weight, the 4th most abundant element in the earth's crust, and that there is more iron on earth than any other metal, our ancient forebears didn't. For millennia, iron literally was a gift from the skies in the form of iron meteorites, although it has to be said we didn't actua...
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The Metals Of Antiquity – Lead

​ If you consider the contribution of plumbing to human life, the other sciences fade into insignificance. – James P. Gorman Plumbing, plumbers and lead go way back. In fact, the profession and its professionals can thank the soft, pliable metal for their name. The Latin word for lead is 'plumbum'. Interestingly, other 'plumb' words like the survey...
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​The Metals Of Antiquity – Copper

If gold has been humankind's most valuable friend throughout the ages, copper has certainly been our most useful. Kind of like dogs and cats, or horses and dogs for the horse fanciers amongst us. Copper has been the more important 'friend' to us in terms of its usefulness, because we used it to make tools, weapons and various other implements. Gold...
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