The Scale of Things, a new book by David Tanguy and Mike Fairbrass, explores—you guessed it—the scale of things. But what does that mean? For example, consider the following. If the sun was the size of a grapefruit, the earth would be the size of a grain of sand, and the distance between the two would be a London bus. When you think of those measurements in those terms, suddenly we seem very small indeed. The Scale of Things uses facts and figures to help you change the way you look at the world. Using popular science, space, economics, politics, geography, nature, technology, and architecture, the authors present scales that are informative and entertaining.
Tanguy, the Creative Director off the London-based Praline design studio, is an award-winning designer—someone who definitely understands scale and perspective. His co-author, Fairbrass, is a writer and creative consultant who has exhibited at several museums and academies as well as having written for many noted publications. The duo tackles seemingly unfathomable ideas and puts them into terms we can understand—such as the size of a Tyrannosaurus Rex’s shoe or how deep the ocean’s deepest trench really is. The book is a colorful, yet meaningful look at the world and universe around us.