Inspired by Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), I began to make this short film in 1975. Without a doubt, the most serious error I committed as a director was allowing chewing gum on board in the moon shuttle. Why couldn't a sixteen year old understand that this does not contribute anything of value?
R.W.Williams presents a few highlights of Earth's 4.6 billion year history. At a scale of 10 centimeters = 1 million years, the entire 4.6 billion year timeline is 460 meters long. All of human history since the advent of agriculture, written language and civilization, is only the last 0.6 millimeter (= 6 thousand years). Amazingly, out of 460 meters, it is this last 0.6 millimeter we Homo sapiens call "history". Photo and editing: Neil Weisbrod and John Hall