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I couldn’t really find any background info on the video posted below, but it is one of the best combinations of audio & video about the cosmos & nature of reality that I’ve ever come across.

In the film, the speaker talks about the nature of reality and our ever expanding understanding of it.  Despite how much we seem to know, the speaker makes it clear that actually know very little.

“It’s not that I think I know.  It’s that I know, with absolute certainty, that I don’t.  And I know, with seemingly identical certainty, that nobody knows, because nobody can.”

“Our poets do not write about it; our artists do not try to portray this remarkable thing.  I don’t know why.  Is nobody inspired by our present picture of the universe?  The value of science remains unsung by singers…This is not yet a scientific age.” – Richard P. Feynman

Powers of Ten

Posted: February 4, 2011 in Multi-Media
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I recently posted a video called “Scale” which compared the size of planetary bodies in our solar system, as if they were the same distance from the Earth as the moon is.  Given that I love seeing things from new perspectives, I enjoyed the video as it helped to give me a sense of scale within our solar system.

Today, I wanted to share another similar video, except that this one gives the viewer a broader scope on the size of things.  By “zooming out” to the universal scale, and then “zooming in” to the atomic scale, the video does an excellent job at portraying what exactly an order of magnitude really means.

(via IEET)

How different does the universe look on small, medium, and large scales? The most famous short science film of its generation, Powers of Ten, originally created in the 1960s, answers that question by offering eye-opening comparisons.

From a picnic blanket near Chicago out past the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies, every ten seconds the film pans out to show a square a factor of ten times larger on each side. The video then reverses, panning back in a factor of ten every two seconds and ends up inside a single proton.

I love this short film entitled “Fallen”.  In just a 4 minute clip of a “meteorite/creature” plummeting towards the earth – the producers & animators do an incredible job of portraying some key insights into the human condition.

From the vimeo description:

“A little meteor learns the biggest lesson of life on it’s way down to earth. ” 

Realized by Wolfram Kampffmeyer and myself.
Compositing by Sebastian Nozon.
Music and sound design by David Christiansen.

Produced by Stina McNicholas at Filmakademie Baden Württemberg.

And from a fellow blogger reviewing the short film (h/t GRCP 101 blog):

This short film is only just under four minutes long. It is called “Fallen” and is about a meteorite that comes to life. The short film follows his path from outer space to the ocean. As soon as he hits the atmosphere he comes to life. At first he seems to be in awe and then he seems to be trying to figure things out. After he has been falling awhile he sees the ocean below him and becomes afraid. He tries to stop falling and climb back up, but of course fails. After he falls some more he starts to get used to it and starts to enjoy it.

Once he starts to enjoy it he starts flying around clouds, going in spirals and diving strait down. As he gets closer to the ocean he seems to know that it is about to end and seems to be at peace with it. He eventually hits the ocean and stops moving as the water cools him. I can only assume that it is the end of him because he is no longer able to move.

It is fun and interesting to see him experience falling down, going from being in awe, to afraid, to happy, to being at peace with hitting the ocean. I think the authors did a great job of showing all of the emotions the creature was going through.