Cosmic View: The Universe in 40 Jumps


By Kees Boeke.

“Open this book and journey outward through space to the edge of infinity, then through decreasing scales of size to the atom’s nucleus – in a series of drawings each seen from a point ten times farther or ten times closer than the previous. “ Sound familiar? That’s right! This was the book that was adapted by Ray and Charles Eames for their Powers of Ten film. (If you haven’t seen it, we recommend you roll a joint and youtube it asap!) The author, Kees Boeke was a Dutch schoolmaster who conceived of this book, which presents a seminal view of the universe, as a vivid way of imparting a “sense of scale”. Indeed, if you ever want to get some real perspective on how little you mean in the grand scheme of things, this illustrates it perfectly for you.

Publication date: 1957

Publisher: The John Day Company

Description: Hardcover with dust jacket. 1st Edition. 48p.

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