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Powers of 10

Has anyone seen this? Powers of 10 is from Optical Microscopy at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University. I just thought it was a pretty cool way to tie it all together.


Phyllis, good pick! This is one of my favorites. I love the way relative scales are put into perspective.


It would have been better if it was a continuous movie with little interaction. Anyone know of a flash version of powers of 10?

Actually, I agree with Vishi -- that's one of the reasons I brought it to this group's attention. I think that it needs a bit more interaction to be truly wonderous, and it also would be nice to have a little scale on the side that had a pointer (maybe that would be the point of interaction -- you could watch it go by, or you could pull down and see what that order of magnitude looked like). I'm thinking of something along the lines of http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/biology/b103/f97/lecture.html (scale section), but with a graphic scale. I know I have seen that used in a neuro text, if you really want a picture, I can find it.

Yes, this could indeed be improved with Flash. Not only could there be more interactivity, but it could be more intuitive as well.

Our local natural history museum (California Academy of Sciences) had an exhibit of the photos. http://www.calacademy.org/exhibits/powers_of_ten/