1825,1827 Aluminium

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Copenhagen, BerlinHans Christian Ørsted, Friedrich Wöhler elements Aluminium


Atomic number 13

History of the name

As an citizen of the United States, I am likely to call this element “aluminum.” This spelling is printed on my box of Reynolds Wrap. Therefore, “aluminium” seems affected.

Before the introduction of the Hall-Héroult process in 1888, aluminium was more rare than silver. In 1884, the pyramidal aluminum apex for the Washington Monument was the largest piece of alumminum ever cast, at 100 ounces.

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Other readings:

  • Aluminium,” Elementymology & Elements Multidict, by Peter van der Krogt