Numbers Falling Lightly Off the Printed Page

An article in today’s New York Times Arts Section announced that the firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro will design a museum to house the contemporary art collection [2,000 (2 x 10+03) pieces] of Eli Broad in Los Angeles.  Two quoted sentences are rife with powers of ten numbers:
“The Broads are expected to spend between $80 million and $100 million [10+08] to build the 120,000-square-foot [10+05] museum.  They will also pay $7.7 million [approximately 10+07] for the 99-year-lease [10+02] and plan to endow the project with $200 million [2 x 10+08] to cover expenses.”

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  1. Posted September 28, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Powers of Ten
    Wednesday, October 6, 7:00PM
    The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
    365 Fifth Ave. (at 34th Street), NYC

    Our Science & the Arts series ( bridges the worlds of art and science. We will observe 10/10/10 (a bit early) with a tribute to — quite naturally — Powers of Ten.

    Following a screening of the nine-minute film will be a discussion with Beatriz Colomina (Founding Director of the Program in Media and Modernity at Princeton University), D Graham Burnett (Historian of Science, Princeton University), and Eames Demetrios, grandson of the filmmakers, who is dedicated to communicating, preserving and extending their work.

    Co-sponsored by Science & the Arts and Cabinet magazine.

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