Treasures of the Earth: Metals

What is it about the nature of metals that have made them a pillar of human civilization? Airing November 9, 2016 at 9 pm on PBS Aired November 9, 2016 on PBS

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The enduring luster of gold, the conductivity of copper, the strength of steel—the special properties of metals have reshaped societies and defined eras; they have such an important role in human history that entire ages have been named after them. But what gives metals their astounding characteristics? From the perfect ring of a bronze bell to the awe-striking steel construction of Beijing’s “Bird’s Nest” stadium, how have humans perfected metalworking? And how have metals enabled our modern hi-tech world? Explore the science of metals with chemists and engineers as they literally test the mettle of metals and investigate how these remarkable materials have ushered humanity from the Stone Age to the stars.

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Participants

Edo Berger
Harvard University
Jeanette Caines
Jewelry Arts Inc.
Helen M. Chan
Lehigh University
Anjana Khatwa Ford
Jurassic Coast
Joel D. Green
STScl
Jigao Hu
Archaeologist
Jueming Hua
University of Science & Technology, Beijing
Bill Keevil
Southampton University
Michael Kwok
Arup
Marcos Martinón-Torres
University College London
Matt Mountain
AURA
David Muller
Cornell University
Veena Sahaj
University of New South Wales
Andrea Sella
University College London
Robert Shepherd
Cornell University
Aomawa Shields
UCLA
Meredith Silberstein
Cornell University
Richard P. Vinci
Lehigh University

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