Magnitude: The Scale of the Universe

Magnitude: The Scale of the Universe, by Megan Watzke and Kimberly Arcand

Synopsis: In the tradition of illustrated science bestsellers, like Thing Explainer and harkening 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 the limits of size, mass, distance, time, temperature in our universe, from the tiniest particle within the structure of an atom to the most massive galaxy in the universe; from the speed at which grass grows (about 2 to 6 inches a month) to the speed of light. Fully-illustrated with four-color drawings and infographics throughout and organized into sections including Size and Amount (Distance, Area, Volume, Mass, Time, Temperature), Motion and Rate (Speed, Acceleration, Density, Rotation), and Phenomena and Processes (Energy, Pressure, Sound, Wind, Computation), Magnitude shows us the scale of our world in a clear, visual way that our relatively medium-sized human brains can easily understand.

Published: November 2017 | ISBN: 978-0316502917

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“From the smallest particle that makes up an atom to a large cluster of galaxies, Magnitude shows us the complexity and scale of the universe like never before. This book uses
relatable language and infographics to invite all readers to learn about the sheer magnitude of our world. By doing so this book allows the reader to see the universe in a new way, and in turn better understand their own place in it.” —Rachel Ignotofsky, author of Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

​“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

​“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 NASA astronaut

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Hardcover Edition: Magnitude: The Scale of the Universe
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