Author: Jan Scholten
Tantalum is a new remedy.
This metal was named after the Greek king Tantalus, who became so arrogant that the Gods sent him to the underworld to undergo some terrible tortures. Tantalum was discovered in 1802 and its chemical formula is Ta.
The metal is quite resistant to corrosion, hence its use in surgery to replace parts of bone, nerves, muscles and in hart transplantations.
Its melting point is extremely high: 3000 degrees C. It can increase the strength of other metals at high temperatures. It is used in condensers, cutting tools, heating elements in vacuum tubes and in camera lenses.
It is also used as a mallet in heart and vascular operations.