Tin: historical information

  • Discoveror: Known since ancient times
  • Place of discovery: not known
  • Date of discovery: unknown
  • Origin of name : from the Anglo-Saxon word "tin" (the origin of the symbol Sn comes from the Latin word "stannum" meaning "tin").

Tin was known to the ancients and is mentioned in the Old Testament. Early metal workers found it too soft for most purposes but mixed with copper it gives the alloy bronze, of Bronze Age fame.

Tin is one of the elements which has an alchemical symbol, shown below (alchemy is an ancient pursuit concerned with, for instance, the transformation of other metals into gold).

{{floatR}}alchemical symbol of tin{{/floatR}}

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