Chemical Elements History and Information Aluminum

About the chemical element Aluminum, its symbol, atomic number and weight, who discovered it and when.

The Atomic Elements and Their Uses

(Element) (Symbol) (Atomic number) (Atomic weight)

Aluminum Al 13 26.98154

Discovered by Hans Oersted of Denmark in 1825. Unlike most metals, aluminum doesn't accelerate the loss of vitamins in cooking, so it's a good material for pots and pans. Aluminum compounds are considered safe and have been used for years to relieve peptic ulcers and upset stomachs. However, some health-conscious people warn that toxic amounts of aluminum can get into the body as a result of overuse of aluminum utensils. Nontoxic, inert sodium silico aluminate, a by-product of aluminum processing, is used to keep powdered foods like cocoa dry. There's nothing finer than finely powdered aluminum. One ounce can be spread over half an acre of surface area.

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