BBC News Magazine takes a scientific approach, and asks why is it that humanity has seemly always prized gold as a currency? With the help of Professor of Chemistry Andrea Sella, Justin Rowlatt runs through the periodic table of elements to explain what it is that made gold so desirable as money for thousands of years.
This is an entertaining look using the process of elimination to explain how gold first gained its role. A short explanation might be, "gold is so exciting, because it is so boring as an element." Read it for yourself!