The Scale of the Universe
by Megan Watzke, Kimberly Arcand

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In the tradition of illustrated science bestsellers, like Thing Explainer andharkening back to the classic film The Powers of Ten, this unique, fully-illustrated, four-color book explores and visualizes the concept of scale in our universe.

In Magnitude, Kimberly Arcand and Megan Watzke take us on an expansive journey to...
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Published By Black Dog & Leventhal

Format Hardback


Number Of Pages 192

Publication Date 11/07/2017

ISBN 9780316502917

Dimensions 9.5 inches x 11 inches

"How big is big? How small is small? As an astronaut and citizen explorer, I love having someone explain some of the more puzzling aspects of our universe to me in terms that make sense. With Magnitude, my brain cried "Eureka!" every time I turned the page."

— Cady Coleman, PhD, former NASAAstronaut

"We live in a universe bigger and smaller than our brains can fathom. Magnitude is an enjoyable and essential guide to appreciating our place among it all."

— Joe Hanson, author and host of It's Okay to Be Smart

"Arcand and Watzke have crafted a masterpiece. A must-read for anyone wishing to appreciate the richness of the cosmos from its microscopic building blocks to its largest structures."
— Avi Loeb, chair, Harvard Astronomy department

"Through clear text and illuminating illustrations, the authors tackle questions ranging from 'how does the mass of a human eyelash compare to the mass of the black hole at the center of our galaxy?' to 'how fast does a dentist's drill rotate?' A fascinating journey through the measure of all things."

— Mario Livio, astrophysicist, and author of Why?: What Makes Us Curious

"Magnitude brilliantly illustrates the relative scale of so many aspects of the universe that you will feel so much smarter about EVERYTHING after reading this!"

— Curtis Wong, principal researcher, Microsoft Research