California, the 1950's: It's the golden age of rock and roll and molecular studies, and Caltech professor Linus Pauling is a superstar, the father of the chemical bond. He and shy scientist Robert Corey have an idea for a new way to show molecular structure using different colored balls. When Walter Kolton joins the party, together they invent the CPK model, which makes understanding molecules as easy as playing a game. Today, scientists use this model for everything from photovoltaic technology to researching the coronavirus.
Watch the story of Linus, Robert and Walter in Eni's new MINDS series, where we travel through time seeking scientists.