Wednesday, December 23, 2009

One Hundred-Billionth of the Solar System

This is a rather unusual book that I had the fortune to be involved with recently, a literal scale model of the solar system by the graphic designer Yukimasa Matsuda. Not so much a book to "read" really as a kind of conceptual work of art, but nevertheless there are some texts in it, not least a lot of amusing snippets on space, distances and speeds. All bilingual, translated by me.

It's a bit of a brick with over 600 pages that comes in a case and can be ordered trough the link above (hint, hint) , but if you want to check it out in a bookstore, do be careful - the book will only slide smoothly into the case if inserted from below.

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