"A Science Film by Charles Eames"
Arts & Architecture, July, 1962

A Science Film by Charles Eames

The United States Science Exhibit at Seattle's Century 21 World's Fair uses the medium of film to give visitors their first taste of Science at the Fair. Designer Charles Eames has produced a film which is shown as an introduction to the U.S. Science Exhibit. The film illustrates the variety and richness of science by means of multiple images cast from seven 35-millimeter motion picture theater projectors onto a 34-foot concave wall which encircles the viewers.

It is intended to prepare the visitors for what lies beyond in the exhibition and to give them a feeling of the extreme diversity of scientific endeavor.

The film opens with an animation sequence which treats the dvelopment of science as an architectural allegory. The natural philosophers appear first in a simple pavilion. As the scientist-philosopher becomes interested in special studies, lean-tos are added; these become rooms, then wings. New buildings take form and these grow. This four-minute sequence shows how science got the way itis and dramatically illustrates the tremendous acceleration at which science has grown in recent times.

The main body of the film runs nine minutes and is a kaleidoscopic view of the scientific landscape. Through six images at atime, we see the scientists themselves; the surroundings in which they work; their areas of inquiry; their tools; and something of the attitude which has made the scientific discipline.

Charles Eames co-produced this film with his wife Ray and Glen Fleck who executed the animation. Thomas Kuhn, science historian at the University of California, served as adviser on the film, and the original musical score was written by Elmer Bernstein.

The Century 21 film offers a wealth of information to the interested viewer, but is also conceived that even the most casual observer will become aware that there are no boundaries to science and that each scientist is motivated by a search for order in the world about him.

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