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Eva Szasz’s Cosmic Zoom (1968)

From director Eva Szasz and the National Film Board of Canada, Cosmic Zoom (1968) is a wordless journey that attempts to demonstrate the scale of the universe. Beginning with a boy boating on the Ottawa River, we travel far out into space before zooming back down into our microscopic world through a feeding mosquito.

The short film is based on the 1957 book Cosmic View: The Universe in 40 Jumps by Kees Boeke, the same book that inspired Charles and Ray Eames’ Powers of Ten, which first came out in ’68 before re-releasing in 1977.

Related watching: Powers of Ten, Mathematica: A World of Numbers… and Beyond, Noodles & the principle of halving, molten gold transform into gold leaf, and more from the National Film Board of Canada.

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