dan_ust at yahoo.com
Fri May 24 20:24:17 UTC 2013
Spike, please note that I didn't make the statement below. John Clark did. In fact, I responded to him with:
If gold became cheap enough, I could see it being used in cookware and other places where it would normally be considered extravagant.
See my SF short story "Residue":
http://www.amazon.com/Residue-ebook/dp/B00BS3T0RM/ -- US
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BS3T0RM -- UK
http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00BS3T0RM -- Canada
From: spike <spike at rainier66.com>
To: 'Dan' <dan_ust at yahoo.com>; 'ExI chat list' <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org>
Sent: Friday, May 24, 2013 4:14 PM
Subject: RE: [ExI] Gold
From:extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org [mailto:extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org] On Behalf Of Dan
>>…I don't think the weight concern would matter all that much here, especially if this were being used in restaurants. People already use cast iron and ceramic pans that are quite heavy. Yeah, not everyone does, but if those eggs taste really good and the price is not all that great, one can easily imagine the gold frying pan becoming something many people have, but they only lug it out when they want to make a special meal as is done now with special cookware.
>…and would be so soft you could bend the pan with your hands, so I don't think it would be a big market even if the metal was cheap.
If you wanted to make a pan, you would use copper, with a flash coating of nickel to the copper, nickel-chromium to the nickel, gold flashed to the nichrome. The total amount of gold isn’t all that much, and copper is a great heat conductor, so you would get the advantages of even heating and material strength of copper, and low stick surface of the gold. I haven’t ever seen anything like that on the market, so perhaps that stack I suggested would fail under heat cycling.
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