SETI Powers of Ten Interactive CD-ROM


Larry Klaes (lklaes@bbn.com)
Wed, 23 Jun 1999 14:37:48 -0400


>The famous Powers of Ten film by the office of >Ray and Charles Eames has now come out with a >CD-ROM version which literally adds whole new >dimensions to the concept. > >>From the Web site: > >http://www.eamesoffice.com/ > > POWERS OF TEN (TM) INTERACTIVE, designed, directed > and written by film and multimedia maker Eames Demetrios > of the Eames Office is a CD-ROM based on the famous short > film Powers Of Ten by the Office of Charles and Ray Eames. > >The original film may be familiar to you: starting at a picnic, it > pulls back to the edge of the universe, going ten times further > every ten seconds, then zooms into an atom in the hand of a > man going ten times closer every ten seconds. Powers Of > Ten reveals much about science, certainly, but ultimately it is > about scale. POWERS OF TENTM INTERACTIVE is a > spectacular reinvention of this classic theme. > > POWERS OF TENTM INTERACTIVE uses the spatial > journey as a spine for five parallel journeys, called "strands" in > the CD-ROM. Each strand explores scale through a distinct > prism and gives the user a deeper understanding of every > order of magnitude. The six strands are: > > The Space Strand, a voyage from the farthest reaches of the > universe to the interior of the atom, demonstrates a new way > of looking at the commonplace. > > The Time Strand, a Powers of Ten in time, takes the viewer > from a single attosecond to over 31 billion years. > > The Tools Strand, a look at the tools we use to understand > the various orders of magnitude, ranges from telescopes to > mythology, from electron microscopes to wrong answers. > > The People Strand is about people who have thought deeply > about each power of ten in space or time, each offering > another way of understanding that scale. > > The Eames Strand presents an aspect of Charles and Ray > Eames' work that relates to each scale, work that still > resonates with its vision, including a remarkable amount of > previously unpublished material. > > The Patterns Strand shows a series of slices of the universe > through different axes of time and space, from the Milky Way, > as seen by different cultures, to spirals at scales from the > atomic to the galactic. > > Taken together, these six strands are a celebration of the > richness of the world as humanity has explored it, offering an > idiosyncratic voice and a strong point-of-view -- a personal > perspective missing from most multimedia projects. > > > POWERS OF TENTM INTERACTIVE is a groundbreaking > achievement in CD-ROM interactivity that finally maximizes > use of this medium. It allows the user to explore intuitively, > always moving forward by choice, always anchored in the > spatial journey for easy navigation, and always only one click > away from exciting new content. > The CD-ROM includes the complete film Powers Of Ten and > the completely new Powers Of Time, created especially for > this project. In addition, there are thousands of still images, > many from the Eames Office archives, film clips, video > interviews, and a 1500 page Digital Anthology. > > POWERS OF TENTM INTERACTIVE is an essential > purchase for any serious home library of interactive programs, > especially film buffs, students, architects and designers, > collectors, and anyone else interested in exploring new ideas > about the world through the medium of CD-ROM. > >http://www.eamesoffice.com/ > >Larry > >



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