Representing mind-boggling differences
The New York Times’ “Opinionator” has a fascinating article on “Visualizing Vastness,” that is, how to represent visually things or ideas that are really, really big. A classic example is Charles and Ray Eames’ “Power of Ten,” which takes us from the vastness of the universe to the atomic level in less than ten minutes.
Read to the end for a discussion about representing another example of vast differences: economic inequality in the United States.
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