In the fall of 1982, my sixth grade Science teacher lowered the lights and turned on a reel-to-reel film. I remember vividly the sound of the spinning spools and the flickering effect as the film began. Within 20 seconds, all else receded and we were transported on a journey to the outer edges of the Universe and then inward, to the center of a carbon atom. For the next 9 minutes we were transfixed. When it was over and the lights came on there the room was silent. The film was called "Powers of Ten" and it changed the way I thought about everything from that day forward.
The full film is below. It was made in 1968 by the renowned husband and wife design team of Charles and Ray Eames and inspired by the work of Dutch educator Kees Boeke, father of the "Sociocracy" movement . Whether you watch before finishing reading this post, I hope you'll find it both as humbling and wonderful as I do.
Yesterday's post about the OneCosmos project discussed the concept of Space; how it has inspired great curiousity, audacious ambitions and sometimes, folly. Today, I hope to take things a little further by using the Eames film as a guide. My goal is to look at how science has impacted our perspective, quite literally. More importantly, I plan to explore how the of the concepts of scale in "Powers of 10" might be applied in the decades to come.