Powers of Ten

Powers of Ten is a 1968 American documentary short film written and directed by Ray Eames and her husband, Charles Eames. If you don’t know it, it is a wonderful visual reminder for enterprise architects of the power of magnitude and scalability. Imagine visualizing an enterprise at these many different levels of detail!

Powers of Ten takes us on an adventure in magnitudes. Starting at a picnic by the lakeside in Chicago, this famous film transports us to the outer edges of the universe. Every ten seconds we view the starting point from ten times farther out until our own galaxy is visible only as a speck of light among many others. Returning to Earth with breathtaking speed, we move inward- into the hand of the sleeping picnicker – with ten times more magnification every ten seconds. Our journey ends inside a proton of a carbon atom within a DNA molecule in a white blood cell.