Man has used metals in his daily life starting from a long time ago right untiltoday. Take a look around the room you are sitting in, the road you are cycling on, or the school you are studying in. You will see right away all the things made of metals that surround you. In your room, perhaps, there are metallic things such as a laptop, lamp holder, door knob, and window frame. By the road are automobiles, lamp posts, garden tools, and drainage grates made of metal. In the school yard you may see things made of metals such as swings for children, garbage bins, and safety rails. While there are a lot of things made of metal to see on a regular day, actually there are many, many more things made of metal that you and I use. Think of the mobile phone you use. There is metal used in the circuits. The phone charger has metal parts. The wires connecting to the power socket have metal points at the end. What about the inside of your portable music player? Same story. If only you could look at the way electricity came to your home through all those metal wires. Or the iron contained in the broccoli on your plate. Yes, metals are everywhere.
The discovery of metals changed the life of ancient man too. Ancient civilizations flourished with the discovery of different metals such as iron, and copper. Tools to plough the land, weapons to hunt for food, pots and pans to cook, metal structures to live in and get protection from the sun and rain. People of the Bronze age improved tools and weapons created in the Stone Age to meet their needs. People of the Iron Age made these things even better.
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Metals in Daily Life
Metals in History