Powers of ten…


I wrote a couple weeks back in “Lecture 13: The geocentric universe” about a lecture series we are watching “Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy.” Well, in this morning’s lecture Professor Filipenko reminded me of an amazing little film that made a humongous impression on me….Charles and Ray Eames “Powers of Ten” from 1977. (Yes, the same team as that of midcentury modern furniture fame.)

I haven’t seen it in awhile and I immediately had a hankering to see it again.  So I thought I’d dig it up and put in here for anyone who hasn’t had a chance to experience it yet.

This isn’t the best copy. But none that I’ve ever found online are that great.


[Translation for the letter, top left, is down at the bottom of this post. See if you can figure it out before looking.]

And if you’re still hanging around and inspired by the film to want to learn a bit about the genius of the husband wife team that created it here’s a nice TED talk for you. [After the jump…]

It’s given by their grandson Eames Demetrios and you can see a quick shot of some crystal clear images of the above film as well as a lot of their other work including some of the first film that Charles ever made.

But first a quote…

Beyond the age of information is the age of choices. – Charles Eames

Translation for letter (top left) sent by Charles Eames to his daughter Lucia:
Lucia, I saw many trains and also rode on one. I hope you had a nice time at Buddy’s party. Love, Daddy