1A60.10 - Powers of 10

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Powers of 10
Powers of 10
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Film Loops, 16mm Film, Video Tape (VHS), Textbook.

See also 1A60.10 in Astronomy.

The film is available in old (9min) and new (9 min) versions.

Video tapes that we have that are similar to this are "Cosmic Voyage" by Smithsonian Institutions National Air and Space Museum and the Motorola Foundation (35 min) and "A Sense of Scale" from Fermi Lab (28 min).

  • E. S. Oberhofer, "Different Magnitude Differences", TPT, Vol. 29, #5, May 1991, p. 273.
  • Robert J. Quigley,  "Note on 'Powers of Ten'", AJP, Vol. 41, #3, March 1973, p. 425.
  • William Riley, "Film Reviews", AJP, Vol. 40, #9, Sept 1972, p. 1357.
  • M- 024: "Powers of Ten - Metric Mania", DICK and RAE Physics Demo Notebook.
  • Philip and Phylis Morrison and the Office of Charles and Ray Eames,  Powers of Ten: About the Relative Size of Things in the Universe, Scientific American Library,  Scientific American Books, Inc. New York. 1982.

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