Look at any picture of the solar system, and it seems that everything is relatively close together — the moon an inch or two away from Earth, Mars a little over an inch away from the moon and so on. But posters and websites betray the truth: Things are much, much farther apart.
In an attempt to give Earthlings a new perspective of the universe, filmmakers Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh head to the Black Rock Desert to build the first to-scale model of the solar system. With an Earth the size of a marble and seven miles of open space with which to work, Overstreet, Gorosh and a few friends embark on a unique scientific endeavor, creating something that only 24 people in the history of mankind have actually seen: a perspective of the solar system, to scale.
Why would an accomplished engineer and inventor devote himself to building a clock designed to last 10,000 years? Maybe Danny Hillis is doing it because he can. And in this short film about his 10,000-year clock, he makes you think.
He coined the term “biodiversity.” Created an entire field of science. Sparked a new understanding of social species and what it means to be human. Became a legendary professor of entomology and champion of conservation. And, after studying the natural world for his 70-year career, he’s still introducing ideas that provoke both acclaim and criticism. E.O. Wilson is also an endearing Southern gentleman with an insatiable curiosity and delight in nature that hasn’t ebbed an iota during his nine decades on Earth.
E.O. Wilson: Of Ants and Men explores the extraordinary life of a man who has spent a lifetime understanding insect behavior while also witnessing staggering environmental destruction and loss of species. Along the way, he’s gleaned insight into the human condition and somehow retained unbending optimism about the future.
This film examines the remarkable life, career and mind of a man with an inexhaustible hunger for knowledge and a one-of-a-kind perspective.