ABSTRACT A contribution to the analysis of nonart images, this article examines the illustrations mobilized by Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling (1901–1994)in order to buttress his claim that “molecular complementariness” (the fit between two molecules) is the basis of life. Pauling's visuals resorted to the mutually supportive processes of figuration and de-monstration and were an integral part of his argumentative and heuristic strategies.

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