Stories About Chemistry
and Its Paradoxes
Over eighty of the elements in the Periodic System are metals. On the whole, they resemble one another more than the nonmetals. And yet there is no end of surprises in the metal kingdom.
For instance, what colour are the different metals?
Metallurgists divide all metals into ferrous and nonferrous. The ferrous metals include iron and its alloys. All the rest are nonferrous metals, except for the noble ones, their "Majesties" Silver, Gold and Platinum and Co.
This is a very crude division and even the metals themselves object strongly to such lack of discrimination.