Saturday, February 05, 2011

Science Saturday: Powers of Ten

Hard to imagine god gives a hoot about this little blue rock after seeing this video

The following Powers of Ten video 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.


And this is what they were able to depict all the way back in 1977!

Hard to imagine god gives a hoot about this little blue rock after seeing this video, no?

7 comments:

Dan S. said...

A great video indeed, and a classic. Here's my cartoon imitation, with links to many other versions:

http://physics.weber.edu/schroeder/software/Zoomer.html

Danny said...

That's neat Dan.

As far as how God could give a hoot given how small we are, remember, the video only covers what we know and think we know, not all the stuff we don't know, but that He does.

Humility and gratitude are not so hard after all.

RudiZink said...

Thanks for the link to the Zoomer applet, Dan, and for the great collection of other topically-relevant links!

LOL! Shoulda known you'd be ahead of the curve on this. wink

DOCTOR OPPOSITE said...

Who is this "Danny" fellow?

A tin age throwback who rejects science and supplicates himself to dogmatic religious tyrants, I guess.

ozboy said...

Great stuff Dan & Rudi, thanks.

And Rudi, I hate to be the one to break it to you, but God doesn't give a hoot about this little blue rock. However, she is pretty big on Kolob, MoMo's and concealed weapons.

Danny said...

... actually, I don't reject science at all. I'm a big fan of science, both for quality of life, and for general interest.

And I'm pretty good at it too. Try me sometime.

Fermat said...

Made me want to re-read Dancing Wu Li Masters. ;>

Here is a thinking mans Bible .

In any imaginable post-apocalyptic scenario, I think it is the one book I would want to pass on to a new world.

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