His relationship between science and engineering in his creating of nylon was very important. He used his background in organic chemistry to help him build a new, cheaper, and more versatile version of silk. The chemists used chemicals they extracted from coal, water, air, petroleum, natural gas, and agricultural by-products to nylon. And with engineering skills they put all of these chemicals together to form this amazing fabric.
Nylon was revolutionary because it ultimately changed most everything that we use on a daily basis now. In the medical field they use nylon strands to stitch wounds together, in the clothing industry nylon is used for an array of many different things, it's used in fishing line, in carpets, in parachutes, in machine parts, in tires, in hair brushes, in pantie-hoes, and in all sorts of fabrics. It was revolutionary in the fact that it gave us a chance to make so many different things so much faster, and cheaper.
Nylon molecular structure
The synthetic materials that I come into contact with today are the clothes that I wear every day! They are all made with nylon or some form of synthetic material. Also my tires on my car, my hair brush, my furniture. All of which I use everyday.
If synthetic materials didn't exist I think that all of those things would be made with silk. Since ultimately nylon was based off of silk, and has many similar qualities.