Creatorwritten, produced, and directed by Terri Randal ; narrated by Jay O. Sanders ; a NOVA production co-produced by Pioneer Film and Television Productions Limited with China International TV Corporation with CCTV-10 and PAAN Media Holdings Co. Limited, with KBS Korea in association with PBSd, for WGBH and KBS
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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