Please use this page to gain access to recommended websites for all ten molecules in the Tang exhibit. These useful links were selected and annotated by the curatorial team with student assistants.

1900 - Aspirin

        A comprehensive site with excellent images of historical objects related to aspirin, as well as an art gallery and a timeline.

         An introduction to the history of aspirin - insightful and easy to follow.

        This NIH website provides medicinal information about aspirin, such as prescriptive use and dosage.

1910 - Isooctane

        An article on crude oil and its relationship to gasoline. Background for understanding the role isooctane plays in setting fuel standards.

      A clear explanation of octane numbers and ratings, as well as links to important articles on the refining of crude oil and other products derived from it. This site includes a link to how internal combustion engines work.

      This link is similar to the one directly above; octane numbers , octane rating, gasoline, engine knocking, and refining are presented.

1920 - Penicillin


       A good summary on the history of penicillin with the timeline on its development.


       In 1945, the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology was awarded for the discovery of penicillin.


         Informative, image and document rich, with a gallery on the history of penicillin.



1930: Polyethylene


        An introduction to polyethylene (PE) and polymerization, including important links to other polymers.


        Concise article on the history of polyethylene, focusing on plastic bags.


        A broad overview of major plastics including PE, nylon, and polystyrene.   


1940: Nylon 66


        An introduction to nylon by The Chemical Heritage Foundation, Skidmore's partner in the creation of Molecules That Matter.


        A short history of nylon, including the story of its name and the role nylon played in World War II.


       A clear introduction to the chemistry of nylon.  


1950: DNA


        Written by the Nobel Prize Foundation, this website provides an outstanding introduction to many aspects of DNA.


        A multimedia source on DNA, DNA fingerprinting, and genetic diseases.


        An interactive and dynamic website, containing a comprehensive DNA timeline, scientific milestones, and the people behind key discoveries.


        A collection of audio files containing compelling stories based on DNA.



1960: Progestin


        A comprehensive introduction to progestin and contraception, including a timeline and image gallery.


          This website provides medicinal information about contraception and the Pill, including safety and efficacy.


        This link offers general knowledge about oral contraception such as prescription, usage, side-effects, and a list of brand names.



1970: DDT


        An introduction to DDT, containing a concise history, DDT properties, and the debate over DDT use.


        The 1948 presentation speech for the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. This speech summarizes the discovery of DDT and the significance it played in our lives. 


         An introduction to DDT, containing a concise history, DDT properties, enviromental impact, and the controversies over DDT use.


1980: Prozac


          Through dynamic images, this webpage demonstrates how Prozac works.


          A brief introduction to fluoxetine (Prozac).


          An introduction to Prozac with links to other antidepressants.



1990: Buckyball and Nanotubes


          A comprehensive introduction to buckyball and its discovery.


          A interactive multimedia site on nanotechnology, buckyball and nanotubes.


          Written by American Chemical Society, this website includes an introduction to this new form of carbon, buckyball.


       The 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded for the discovery of buckyball.