Our Mind-Boggling Universe from Infinitesimal to Infinity
Walker Books, Hardcover, 9780802717702, 192pp.
Publication Date: November 13, 2012
In "Spectrums," David Blatner blends narrative and illustration to illuminate the variety of spectrums that affect our lives every day: numbers, size, light, sound, heat, and time. There is actually very little in this universe that we can feel, touch, see, hear, or possibly even comprehend. It's not an easy task to stretch the mind to encompass both billions of years and billionths of seconds; the distance to Jupiter and the size of a proton; the tiny waves of visible light and gargantuan but invisible gamma rays; or the freezing point of Helium and the heat generated by the blast of an atom bomb. Exploring these far-reaching spectrums gives us fascinating perspective on our small but not insignificant place in the universe. With easy-to-read, engaging, and insightful observations, illustrated by a wealth of photographs and diagrams, Blatner helps us "grok"-understand intuitively-six spectrums we encounter constantly, making our daily lives richer and more meaningful through greater appreciation of the bizarre and beautiful world in which we live.
SCOTT CITRON is an award-winning graphic designer and publishing consultant based in New York City. A designer of fine books, logos, and Web sites, Scott has also taught graphic design at the Parsons School of Design, New School University, and NYU, among others. An Adobe Certified Instructor in InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator, Scott's client list includes top firms such as the New York Times, Simon & Schuster, BMG Music/Columbia House, the Guggenheim Museum, and many others. Scott is a founder and current head of the New York InDesign Users' Group, the world's largest chapter of InDesign users with nearly 2,000 members.
"Leavened with wit and colorful anecdotes, each section reveals a wealth of astonishing and quirky details about the world around us….Complete with illustrative charts, photos, and pithy quotes from celebrities as diverse as George Carlin and Max Planck, Blatner’s work is one of those rare nonfiction gems that make learning about science eyeopening and fun."—Booklist
"I found myself charmed and, yes, even amazed by some of Mr. Blatner's examples." —Peter Pesic, The Wall Street Journal