Modern Marvels

Season 13 Episode 19

Heavy Metals

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 14, 2006 on The History Channel



  • Trivia

    • Copper is the only metal besides gold that has a distinctive natural color. Other metals are either gray or white.

    • In the 1450's, Johannes Gutenburg used lead to create the first metal movable type, give the masses access to books. He is reported to have stated, "Give me 26 soldiers of lead, and I will conquer the world."

    • More steel in the United States is used to make bottle caps than to manufacture automobile bodies.

    • The accident at the Chernobyl reactor released about 400 times as much radiation as the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

  • Quotes

    • Narrator: They're everywhere, in our home, our cars, our very bodies. They sustain modern life and are essential to every advanced tool built by human beings. They can take us to the heavens or destroy us. Now: Heavy Metals, on Modern Marvels.

  • Notes

    • Dennis Manos, PhD
      Physicist, College of William & Mary

      Rick Smith, MFA
      Metalsmith, Southern Illinois University

      Kenneth Schwarz
      Blacksmith, Colonial Williamsburg

      Frank Rives
      Nuclear Fuels, Entergy Nuclear

      George A. Williams
      Vice President, Entergy Nuclear

      Mike Withrow
      Engineer, Grand Gulf Nuclear Station

      Richard Dorman

      Jeff McCleary
      Dan O'Laurie Museum of Moab

      Neldon Lemon
      Uranium Miner

      Blake Zuidema
      Product Applications, Mittal Steel

      Jay Gaynor
      Historic Trades, Colonial Williamsburg

      John Boyer
      Mill Manager, Doe Run

      Dave Olkkonen
      Mine Superintendent, Doe Run

      Charles Wilcut
      Driller, Doe Run

      Steve Arnold
      Doe Run Resource Recycling

      Ed Beaty
      Manager, Horsehead Corporation

      Michael Morgan
      Vice President, Young Galvanizing

      Ted Himebaugh
      Manager, Bingham Canyon Mine

      Andrew Paine
      Plant Manager, Cerro Wire & Cable Company

      Boyd Mueller
      Director, Alcoa Howmet Research Center

  • Allusions