From the Iron Age to the Gold standard the importance of metals to human civilisation cannot really be overstated.
And of course, in the modern world we’re surrounded by them so we all know what a metal is. Or do we? Just what is it that makes a metal a metal and why are they so special?
Dr Mark Miodownik is Professor of Materials and Society at University College London . He tells Jonathan all about the material on which we've built our civilisation.
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