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10/10

Happy Powers of Ten Day! In this universe of continuity and change, of everyday picnics and cosmic mystery, consider all that is around you on scales both large and small!

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10-to-minus15

There are many ways to look at 10-15.  This power of ten is: the scale of the atomic nucleus the length in meters of a proton and neutron the weight in kilograms of an E. coli bacterium the pressure in pascals of outer space between stars in the Milky Way the size or volume in [...]

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The Shortest Time Interval Ever Measured

According to The Times of India, in 2010 a group of German physicists claimed “to have measured the shortest-ever time interval by discovering the tiniest duration an electron takes to leave the atom.” The scientists found that “when light is absorbed by atoms, the electrons become excited and get ejected from the atom if the [...]

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Scale of the Universe

As many of you know, Charles and Ray’s film Powers of Ten takes the viewer on an adventure of magnitudes. It is a journey that shouldn’t be missed. This blog, which is based on the Eameses’ film, is another way to look at the relative size of things in the universe.  It explores powers of [...]

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Understanding the Nanoscale

Nobel Laureates Heinrich Rohrer and Gerd Binnig who created the scanning tunneling microscope and won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1986. Gadolinium on Niobium The upper image is a topograph of three gadolinium atoms on a niobium surface. The lower image is a simultaneously acquired map of the conductance in the sample. Courtesy: IBM [...]

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“… 100 in a row.”

“One of something may be beautiful, but can you stand to see 100 in a row?” ~ Charles Eames Quote #95 from 100 Quotes by Charles Eames In the mid 20th century, Charles and Ray Eames thoroughly explored new issues that came along with mass production. Photos (top & bottom) from the archives

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Exploration of scale in Gus Arriola’s Gordo

Lucia Eames fondly remembers the wonder and delight in the brilliant Gus Arriola’s Gordo which was a favorite comic strip in the local St. Louis newspaper that she read daily with her father, Charles Eames.  The comic strip was later included in Charles & Ray Eames’ film,  The Fabulous Fifties. In 1970, Arriola explored scale [...]

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“… architecture you can hold in your hand.”

Photo of LAR (Low Armchair Rod) from the archives “Furniture, and especially chairs, interest me because it is a piece of architecture on the human scale… That’s why architects design furniture – so you can design a piece of architecture you can hold in your hand.“ ~ Charles Eames Quote #50 from 100 Quotes by [...]

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Found: bird’s egg

Photo: Lucia Eames Scale of the child to the egg: Height of child:    42″ or 106.68cm (100) Length of egg:     .8″ or 2 cm (10-1) 1″ = 2.54cm

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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 [...]

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