# Monthly Archives: November 2010

## One in a Million

“Orders of magnitude” is a mathematical way of understanding the world around us.  For example, Earth is seven orders of magnitude (7 powers of ten) larger than the man asleep at the picnic in Chicago; a human is three orders of magnitude bigger than a bee. In Powers of Ten , exponential growth (by powers [...]

## Powers of 10 at the holidays!

During the holidays, having Powers of 10 in the house or for the road can be a great ice breaker! After watching Powers of Ten, you can do all kinds of activities with just some paper and colorful pens. 1) Draw what you remember from the film. 2) Draw the biggest and smallest things that [...]

## How big will big be? How small will small be?

At the very end of the Powers of Ten film, one hears the voice of Phil Morrison (who was lauded Professor Emeritus of Physics at MIT) sum up the distance covered in the film from the smallest known particle to the furthest edges of space as a one with 40 zeroes (10+40) meters.  Since the [...]

## Map of Powers of 10 events – Core 77 competition

A Video Design Response Competition at Core 77. The challenge is to create a 2-minute video response to  Powers of Ten! Submission Deadline – January 10, 2011 View Powers of 10 events in a larger map!

## Sunflowers – A Month Later

Over the last month, the beautiful golden blooms of the sunflowers have begun to droop and fade. The heads of the sunflowers (10+2) which have been drying in the sun reveal the tightly packed seeds (10+4) which will be saved for next year.

## Graphene – Very Promising Form of Carbon

In the Powers of Ten film, the carbon atom itself is first seen at 10-10 at the outer electron shell and at 10-14 the nucleus is seen. Today we know that inside the atom the quark and the electron are the smallest known particles at 10-18. That’s roughly like if the quark and the electron [...]

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## From Here To the Milky Way

A view from above of the picnic set-up from the 1977 production of Powers of Ten.  The site of the picnic, a golf course in Florida in the 1968 film, has been moved to a park on Lake Michigan in Chicago.  The journey out into the cosmos follows a perpendicular line from the hand of [...]