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Molecules that Matter

Posted: 11/13/2007

The Molecules That Matter exhibition, at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery through April 13, 2008, features 10 molecules that transformed technology and culture in the 20th century.

Each molecule—aspirin, isooctane, penicillin, polyethylene, nylon, DNA, progestin, DDT, Prozac, and buckminsterfullerene—is associated with the decade in which it was discovered, created, or substantially understood. The molecules themselves and the products they made possible are explained in both scientific and social contexts. Molecules That Matter has been enthusiastically received for its creative synthesis of science, art, and scholarship, as well as its visual appeal.

For more on the Molecules That Matter exhibit, see:
Molecules That Matter Web site
MTM feature on the Tang site
Molecule Memories blog
Scope Magazine feature
Q&A with Ray Giguere
Q&A with chemist Roald Hoffmann
Molecules That Matters opens
Photo album of MTM exhibit preparation

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