Modern Marvels: Aluminum (2007)
You can tear it with two fingers; you can build space ships with it. In this DVD get all the fascinating info about this endlessly versatile material. For over a decade, MODERN MARVELS has brought grand stories to life. The ultimate celebration and investigation of engineering excellence. From the tip of the Washington Monument to the six-pack in your fridge, aluminum is everywhere! Celebrating ingenuity, invention and imagination brought to life on a grand scale, MODERN MARVELS® tells the fascinating stories of the doers, dreamers and sometime-schemers who created everyday items, technological breakthroughs and man-made wonders. Though ubiquitous, aluminum is not your everyday metal. This episode of MODERN MARVELS® ranges far and wide to uncover the origins and applications of this amazing material.
Once considered more precious than gold, aluminum can be stretched, pounded, melted and even turned into foam. Did you know that aluminum is made out of a powder? MODERN MARVELS® takes you to the widest rolling mill in the world where skins for the largest jets are made. Then take off to NASA to see how aluminum is used to make reflective mirrors for telescopes. And what survey of aluminum would be complete without discovering the process of making aluminum foil? And why are aluminum baseball bats better than wood? Fear not, all your pressing aluminum questions are answered in MODERN MARVELS: ALUMINUM!
Source: History Channel