A soft, white, lustrous transition metal, it possesses the highest electrical conductivity of any element, the highest thermal conductivity
- The word silver comes from the Anglo-Saxon word seolfor. There is no word that rhymes with the English word silver.
- Silver is exceptionally shiny! It is the most reflective element, which makes it useful in mirrors, telescopes, microscopes and solar cells, Polished water reflects 95% of the visible light spectrum. However, silver is a poor reflector of ultraviolet light.
- Silver has been known since ancient time. It was one of the first five metals to be discovered. Mankind learned to separate silver from lead back in 3000 BC. Silver objects have been found dating back before 4000 BC. It is believed the element was discovered around 5000 BC.