A Variation on Powers of Ten uses the opening picnic scene of Charles and Ray Eames’s film Powers of Ten as score to guide ten discussions about research. In ten picnics, Futurefarmers journeys through fields of inquiry ranging from philosophy to ecology, microbiology, astrobiology, environmental science, geography, and urban studies. Comparing today’s practices with those in 1968, researchers discuss the changing landscape of their field and the tools they use or invent to gather, quantify, and measure their research.
The publication includes four essays and ten interviews with researchers. Contributions by Amy Franceschini, Peter Galison, Owen Gingerich, Walton Green, Jake Kosek, Abena Dove Osseo-Asare, Rick and Meagan Shaw Prelinger, Sara Seager, Arthur Shapiro, Michael Swaine, Elizabeth Thomas, and Ignacio Valero