The Who, What, When, Where and Why of Chemistry
Chemistry is not a world unto itself. It is woven firmly into the fabric of the rest of the world, and various fields, from literature to archeology, thread their way through the chemist's text.
Not gold, it's the layer below that provides the hint!
I've studied some Greek, but I must confess to using Google. I've wondered before about the origin of that strangely lyrical name, but never brought myself to look it up.P.S. - This is an interesting resource.
Anthony...Thanks for the pointer to the site on element names...it's a great spot.
I had to look it up but since it has been almost a week I hope you don't mind me giving it away. I used the above link and from there found the link to Seven metals known from antiquity in 119 languages and found the Greek word for lead, molyvdos. Then I went down an alphabetical list of the elements and found the most likely candidate and found Molybdenum which is my answer.
Thanks, Henry! I was about ready to post the answer (and wondering if anyone was wondering...). Molybdenum it is -- it resembles white lead, hence the name.
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