1823 Silicon

The book of science

Tom Sharp

StockholmJöns Jacob Berzelius elements


Atomic number 14

Not a metal


Silicon, like boron, silicon, germanium, arsenic, antimony, and tellurium, is commonly recognized as a metalloid. Pure silicon can have a metallic form, but it is not useful as a metal in this form.

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Other readings:

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