Powers of Ten

Synopsis: A scientific film essay, narrated by Phil Morrison. A set of pictures of two picnickers in a park, with the area of each frame one-tenth the size of the one before. Starting from a view of the entire known universe, the camera gradually zooms in until we are viewing the subatomic particles on a man's hand.
Director(s): Charles Eames, Ray Eames
  1 win.
9 min

one power of ten

every 2 seconds.

In each two seconds

we will appear to cover 90 % of the

remaining distance

back to Earth.

Notice the alternation between the great activity and

relative inactivity

A rhythm that will continue all the way until

our next goal:

A proton and a nucleus of a carbon atom

beneath the skin

of the hand of a sleepy man

at the picnic.

10 to the ninth meters

10 to the eight








We are back at our starting point

We slow up at one meter,

10 to the zero power.

Now we reduce the distance to our

final destination by 9%

every 10 seconds.

Each step much smaller than

the one before.

At 10 to -2, 1/100 to the meter,

1 cm,

We approach the surface of the hand.

In a few seconds, we will enter in the skin.

Crossing layer after layer, from

the outermost dead cells

into a tiny blood vessel within.

Skin layers vanish and turn

An outer layer of cells,

felty collagen.

The capillary containing red blood cells

in a roughly lymphocyte.

We enter the white cell.

Among its vital organelles, the porous

wall of the cell nucleus appears.

The nucleus within holds the

heredity of the man

in the coiled coils of DNA

As we close in, we come to the

double helix itself.

A molecule, like a long twisted

ladder whose rungs of

paired bases spell out twice in

an alphabet of four letters

the words of a powerful genetic message.

At the atomic scale, the interplay

of four manned motion

becames more visible.

we focus on one commonplace group

of 3 hydrogen atoms

bonded by electrical forces

to a carbon atom.

4 electrons make up the outer

shell of the carbon itself.

They appear in quantum motion

as a swarm of shimmering points.

At 10 to the minus 10 meters,

1 angstron,

we find ourselves right among

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