Why are most people attracted to gold?

Humanity's attitude toward gold is strange. Chemically, it's not interesting: it hardly reacts with any other element. However, of the 118 elements on the periodic table, gold is the one that humans have always preferred to use as currency. Why? Why not osmium, chromium or helium, for example, or maybe seaborgium? Silver tarnishes: it reacts with small amounts of sulfur in the air.

That's why we place a special value on gold. To be sure, that's a pretty profound statement. The law of attraction is very powerful, and what better way to build your wealth than to start with a solid foundation of real, physical gold? Thanks to the associations we have attributed to gold and to the science behind this attraction, gold also has a timeless appeal.