October 10, 2006
Happy Powers of Ten Day!
Today, the tenth day of the tenth month, holds special importance for both fans of science and of the brilliant 20th century designers Charles and Ray Eames (I fall into both categories). It's Powers of Ten Day, a holiday inspired by The Eames' mind-blowing 1977 short film of the same name.
The film starts with a couple enjoying a picnic in a Chicago park. The camera, looking down from above, begins pulling out and up until it reaches the edge of the visible universe. Then is zooms back in until the view ends up inside the nucleus of a single atom in the hand of one of the picnickers.
In addition to being the single greatest tracking shot in the history of cinema, the film gives you a wonderfully clear insight into the vast size of the cosmos. I don't know a single scientist or artist who hasn't been inspired and/or stunned by this film.
If you want more info on the impact of "The Powers of Ten", check out the appreciation of it I did for the public radio arts program Studio360.
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Posted by Chris Spurgeon at October 10, 2006 11:12 AM
This is an amazing video. Some of the others on their DVD collection are pretty good too, but nothing like this one.
Posted by: Flounder at October 18, 2006 10:51 PM