Carbon is the fourth most abundant element in the universe by mass. It is also the second most abundant element in the human body after oxygen. But who discovered carbon? This post will answer that question and also tell you a few interesting facts about carbon.
Who Discovered Carbon?
Unfortunately, no one knows who discovered carbon. It is one of the few elements that was known since ancient times. The earliest use of carbon was sometime around 3750 BC. The Egyptians and Sumerians are jointly credited with the discovery as they were the first to use charcoal (a form of carbon) to obtain copper, tin and zinc from their ores. They then combined these elements to make bronze.
Interesting Facts About Carbon
- Diamond and graphite are two forms of carbon. Each have very different properties. For example, diamond is very hard while graphite is very soft.
- Life on earth could not exist without carbon. It is part of DNA and also makes up important sugars and fats that we need to live.
- The name ‘carbon’ comes from the Latin word ‘carbo’.
- All forms of carbon are very stable and require high temperatures to react.
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