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Magnify the Universe

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Showing size relationships is notoriously difficult in still media such as print. Magnifying the Universe by Number SleuthInformation-is-Beautiful award-winner – is a great example of how well interactive illustration can do just this – show size relationships. Hit full-screen and zoom into the hydrogen atom’s proton nucleus, then out to the observed universe… a great way to illustrate and navigate abstractions of the vast, such as space or deep time.

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Christopher Lutz says:
10/17/2012

This must be what Douglas Adams had in mind when writing about the ‘Total Perspective Vortex’. I am devastated at the sight of my unimportance … ;-)

d maas says:
10/17/2012

Indeed, it would have been cool to include a towel and other travel necessities at their correct position in the zoom.

Fabio M says:
10/18/2012

It would be very nice to see something like this… dedicated to evolution & deep time.

d maas says:
10/18/2012

I can already imagine the effect of the appearance of primates humans all in such a short span, down to things like the fall of rome, JK assassination. All just one clump at the end of this massive journey.

d maas says:
10/18/2012

@ Fabio: that’s a cool film, thanks!
Makes me want to do a graphic version, maybe with outlines, maybe color coding for life vs geologic events. The text is a nice abstract representation.

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