Universcale – Visualizing the Size of Everything

August 13th, 2007 by Jerome Dahdah

Universcale
Nikon’s Universcale puts the universe in perspective, showing us all kinds of objects in relation to each other. Explore objects from the smallest of sizes to the largest known to man, from tiny protons all the way up to the outer limits of the universe. Universcale is an eye-opening Flash visualization and I actually wish school had been more like this. Try it out if you want to feel like a giant and a microbe all at the same time.

5 Responses to “Universcale – Visualizing the Size of Everything”

  1. Joel Laumans says:

    Breathtaking website… amazing find

  2. S. Meyer says:

    Realy amazing ! One of the most intersting company promotion sites I ever saw. But at least… I wont drop my Pentax :-)

  3. olli says:

    Wow, now thats a pretty scale where you can tell how much longer a thing is compared to another thing. Thats a good… ‘thing’ to have in times where scales and tables are philosophically discussed more than ever.
    Because metres or feet are no physical constants like power, radiation or time (that one is a difficulty though)- they are mere comparison-helpers.
    While the metric system is somewhat ‘scientifically made-up’, with the original ‘meter being the 40.oooth part of the earth radius or something, things like feet and inches are completely nuts.

    Did you follow the discussion about the original Kilogramm in France?
    Its just in the news, whereas this original kilogramm mysterially lost some mikrogramm of weight and noone can explain why. And because weight-measurement is still dependant on this, every sciencehead is freaking out. My thesis would be that this platinum weight stored in Paris can’t really lose weight, because it measures exactly 1 Kilo, therefore when it loses weight, everything else does… but thats just me :p

  4. olli says:

    PS.: There are now other ways to measure an exact meter like comparing it to an equal distance at lightspeed or the time it takes for a certain atom to rotate or such crazy things, but its theoretically still based on this radius thing. Thats pretty scary and traditionalist if you ask me.

    Also try asking yourself why we still have the months called October, November and December, when they are no longer the 8th, 9th and 10th in our year…

  5. Jerry says:

    Hey thanks for the lenghty comment, Olli. Very insightful input on relative sizes. I didn’t know that about the kilogram in France, I’ll have to look it up.

    About the feet and inches being “nuts”, well… I think those things grew out of the same concept that Universcale is based on, namely relative comparison. So something that is about the length of two average foot-lengths would be two feet (as in 2′) long. It’s a deprecated system, compared to metric, but I totally understand the idea behind it, which does make sense. The metric system is very abstract, which makes it less humanly intuitive, but it is based on tens which makes it a LOT easier to calculate/factor with, and thus a better system for scientific needs. Of course, I grew up with the metric system all my life, so I’ll probably never need the imperial system.


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