Revision as of 14:36, 6 June 2013
Title text: The Planck length is another thousand or two pixels below the comic.
The comic is a companion piece to 482: Height, which explored a logarithmic scale from the edge of the observable universe down to the Earth's surface. Depth continues the process, viewing logarithmically smaller scales from Earth's atmosphere down to the interior of a single proton. This combination is reminiscent of Charles and Ray Eames' 1977 short film Powers of Ten.
Starting from the Earth's surface, the view descends into a house, a tower PC, its CPU, and eventually a proton inside a silicon atom.
The Planck length is the smallest theoretically measurable distance, due to the Uncertainty principle of quantum mechanics. Planck length is vastly smaller than any known particle, and modern physics is a long way from being able investigate such a scale.
1162: Log Scale is another comic about the use of log scales.
- Sizes Accurate on a vertical log scale
- [Series of images of characters doing various things. The things they are doing are listed in left to right order]
- Man and woman playing in a ball pen
- Woman using witchcraft to ban vista "Out, Vista!"
- Two girls play Rock Band
- Man and woman are having "fun" on a shaking bed.
- [Below this series of images, an image of a man on the computer]:
- Man is on computer and the image expands as it goes down. Here are the labels from left to right, up to down:
- North Bridge
- Mouse (a physical mouse)
- CPU Socket Pin
- 2,767 Angels Dancing (one more and they'd roll over and become 32,768 Devils), Rice, Torrent (a bug), CPU, upcoming segfault
- dust mite
- Data (a pixel on Rick Astley's shoulder), rust mite, fork();
- Peter Norton fighting a baxteriophage
- carbon nanotubes
- space elevator
- a line of silicon (Si), Electron Cloud, a man made out of arrows saying "sup?
- Silicon nucleus
- IPod femto
- Brian Greene knitting furiously <<clank, clunk>>