The Effect of Adding Another Zero

Trying to imagine the abstract magnitude of space, the infinite distance between galaxies and unexplored heavens; it seems unimaginable. The reverse also true: within the complex cells of all that exists, a mirror universe can be found unseen by the naked eye.

Created by designer duo Ray & Charles Eames in 1977, “Powers of Ten takes us on an adventure in magnitudes. Starting at a picnic by the lakeside in Chicago, this famous film transports us to the outer edges of the universe. Every ten seconds we view the starting point from ten times farther out until our own galaxy is visible only as a speck of light among many others. Returning to Earth with breathtaking speed, we move inward- into the hand of the sleeping picnicker- with ten times more magnification every ten seconds. Our journey ends inside a proton of a carbon atom within a DNA molecule in a white blood cell.”

*Full title: Powers of Ten: A Film Dealing with the Relative Size of Things in the Universe and the Effect of Adding Another Zero

© 1977 Eames Office LLC