Powers Of Ten

Charles Eames movie demonstrating differences in physical scale

  • starts from 1m square field of vision, 1m above man sleeping on the grass

  • move out 10x every 10sec until 10^24m above/out

  • then back in, then zoom in 10x every 10sec until at 10^-16m - nucleus

http://www.powersoften.com/

TheSimpsons homage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCfDRvDWid0

Design Within Reach is showing this in some of their stores - but not the NYC store! (Luckily I already have my own DVD.)

The Eames' Powers of Ten and Eva Szasz's Cosmic Zoom both came out in 1968 and were based on Kees Boeke's 1957 essay called Cosmic View. This seems like an incredible coincidence. I couldn't find anything online about which film came first or if there was any influence one way or the other, so I thought I'd ask if anyone knows anything about which came out first. Hit me at jason@kottke.org.

related: object sizes from coffee bean down to water molecule and carbon atom


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