Have you ever stopped to think of the all the ways in which metal affects your everyday life? If you did, you’d probably be amazed once you realized that nearly every aspect of modern day life is somehow impacted and made by better by metals and their properties.
Somewhere in the murky memories of your high school history classes, you probably remember the Bronze Age being mentioned. Preceded by the Stone Age, the Bronze Age was a transformative period in many ancient civilizations that allowed them to gain major technological advances by creating, using, and trading bronze.
As a metal, bronze was much harder and far more durable than many other metals in use at the time, and its properties gave many ancient civilizations a literal upper hand in combat, conquest, architecture, and much more. For example,