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Monday, September 04, 2006

[URL] Boxes and Arrows: The design behind the design

Boxes and Arrows: The design behind the design is an interesting site.

I was poking around on the Web, after revisiting POWERS OF TEN, because I was wondering how Charles and Ray Eames hooked up with MIT's Philip Morrison to make the film. (Morrison narrates.)

At Boxes and Arrows, Erin Malone explains the story behind the making of the movie. Turns out the Eames made a first version of the film in 1968 for the annual meeting of the Commission on College Physics. That version of the film was called A ROUGH SKETCH FOR A PROPOSED FILM DEALING WITH THE POWERS OF TEN AND THE RELATIVE SIZE OF THE UNIVERSE. (Quite a mouthful, eh?)

Years later, in 1977, Philip and Phylis Morrison helped them with a revised version, which has been seen by millions of people since its debut.

Philip Morrison, the father of SETI, was quite a guy himself. He passed away in April 2005 at age 89.

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