A mind-expanding exploration of how size defines life on Earth, from the New York Times bestselling author of100 words
Explaining the key processes shaping size in nature, society and technology, Smil busts myths around proportions – from bodies to paintings and the so-called golden ratio – tells us what Jonathan Swift got wrong in Gulliver’s Travels – the giant Brobdingnagian’s legs would buckle under their enormous weight – and dives headfirst into the most contentious issue in ergonomics- the size of aeroplane seats.
It is no exaggeration to say this fascinating and wide-ranging tour de force will change the way you look at absolutely everything.
10 words- Size, an omnipresent scalar, is the measure of all things.
1 word- Size
Imprint: Viking Penguin
Publication date: 25/04/2023