August 23, 2016

Something Wonderful: Powers of Ten

The classic 1977 film that put the vastness of the universe into perspective Opening at the scene of a picnic in a Chicago park, then gradually zooming out to encompass a view 100 million light years away before magnifying down again to a single proton, this classic 1977 short documentary by the legendary husband-and-wife design team Charles and Ray Eames uses exponential powers of ten to contextualise the scale of the known universe and chart the limits of human understanding. An ‘adventure in magnitudes’, Powers of Ten has been used to teach millions and millions about the cosmos and the microcosmic, and remains an extraordinary journey nearly 40 years later. - -| Aeon Videos

Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 23, 2016 8:20 AM
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This is an amazing film considering when it was made. CGI was barely in newborn infancy then.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. So here is a much more recent version of the same thing, though starting with a pretty girl lying on the lawn beside Google's headquarters.

Posted by: Donald Sensing at August 23, 2016 8:43 AM

My interpretation: So, somewhere there exists a God who has an intelligence, wisdom and power that is at least 10/24 times more glorious than our own.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways
declares the Lord.
As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts"
Isaiah 55:8,9

Posted by: Denny at August 23, 2016 10:33 AM

Many of my contemporaries and I first saw this at the Smithsonian's Air And Space Museum in Washington DC in the late 1970s and we were absolutely mesmerized by it. Regardless of how many times we had seen it, if we had reason to be on the Mall then this video drew us back to the Museum for another viewing. It was a featured exhibit for a few years and then inevitably replaced by something equally worthy but imminently forgettable. This video has withstood the test of time, in spite of extraordinary advances in science and technology. Thanks for posting it for a new generation to discover.

Posted by: Clayton in Mississippi at August 23, 2016 12:15 PM

It screams: In The Beginning, God....

Posted by: Jewel at August 23, 2016 8:55 PM