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Starting with a view of a billion light-years, the book (like the film) moves inward, with each page being at one-tenth the scale of the previous one. In 25 steps, you're looking at a picnic by the shores of Lake Michigan, then plunging into a human hand, down through the cells inside it, the DNA inside the cells, the atoms inside the DNA, and the subatomic particles inside the atom. By the time you've gone a total of 40 steps, you're in a world of quantum uncertainty.
There is no better guide to the relative sizes of things in the universe, and no better teacher about what exponential, scientific notation really means. --Mary Ellen Curtin
Yes, powers of ten is a cool concept. And there are lots of good things in this book. But it was published in 1982 (and, no, the 1994 paperback is NOT revised. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Roger Sweeny
This book is an excellent tool to help explain topics such as scale and the place and impact of human beens in the universe. Easy to read and understad.Published 7 months ago by Carlos Valderrama
This is a fabulous book for teens interested in physics, proportions, mathematics and/or photography.
It's an 'old standard' from the 70's for 'wow-do you believe that? Read more
I arrived in excellent form. I would not have been able to differentiate it from a new book. Even though this book was written several years ago the material is very much of... Read morePublished on January 20, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Absolutely a fantastic book for anyone, with or without a quantitative background. Even an atheist will step back and question his/her beliefs as he/she turns the pages from one... Read morePublished on September 24, 2012 by Kenny
This is a beautiful book conceptually and in visually. I read the original years ago and bought this edition to share with my grand kids. Read morePublished on November 18, 2010 by A. McCarley
An interesting overview of scales concerning our viewpoint of the world. It's a book you will not forget so quickly.Published on September 12, 2010 by Guy
I purchased this book years ago when I began collecting the magnificent Scientific American Collection. Read morePublished on July 7, 2003 by Avid Reader