Powers of Ten and the Relative Size of Things in the Universe

DATE - 1977

Produced ten years after the Rough Sketch this is an updated, finished version, which also reflects advances in theory and research that occurred since the idea for Powers of Ten was first developed. This version adds two powers of ten—a hundredfold increase—to each end of the journey into the universe, and to the return trip to the microstructure of the carbon atom in the human body. The site of the journey’s beginning was changed to a park bordering Chicago’s Lake Michigan, to allow the journey to approach the disk of the galaxy at approximate right angles. Powers of Ten was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”
 Narration available in English, German, Japanese and Mandarin.
 Atlanta International Film Festival Gold Medal, 1970. U.S.A. Film Festival, 1971. Montreal Psychics Film Exposition & Festival, 1976. Council on International Non-Theatrical Events (C.I.N.E.) 1978 Golden Eagle. Greater Miami International Film Festival Gold Medal Scientific Research, 1978. 22nd Annual San Francisco International Film Festival Participation- Communication Competition, 1978. Music by Elmer Bernstein.

9 minutes

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