Wednesday, February 2, 2011

powers of ten

until now, there was no legal online access to the fabulous "powers of ten" short video by the architects ray & charles eames. yes, it looks dated, since it was produced in the 1960s, but i have such a vivid memory of seeing this for the first time at a young age (on an IMAX screen), that i wanted to share it here.

the video starts by showing a couple picnicking in chicago then zooms out into the universe by powers of ten (its still tough to grasp just how huge the universe even after studying it at such scales for so many years). then the video zooms back to the couple and further inside themselves to their atoms and blood cells and below. enjoy!



UPDATE: thanks to jad for leaving a comment... i was looking for the link to the site he mentions but couldnt find it at the time of writing this original post!

"I love that movie. This is a pretty cool flash(?) app that lets you zip through the powers of ten. Not zooming in and out on a single point like the movie, but with more time to look around: http://primaxstudio.com/stuff/scale_of_universe/"

3 comments:

Jad said...

I love that movie. This is a pretty cool flash(?) app that lets you zip through the powers of ten. Not zooming in and out on a single point like the movie, but with more time to look around: http://primaxstudio.com/stuff/scale_of_universe/

astropixie said...

thanks jad! i was hoping someone would remind me of that link!

F.HACHE said...

Super awesome links. Thanks to you both for such thrilling stuff.
Amanda, your're the best (Jad, you're not bad, either XD )