A spread from 'Studies of falls' by Magdalena Wysocka. [+]
At 2:46 PM on November 30, 1954, 34–year–old Ann Hodges of Sylacauga, Alabama, was napping on her couch. Suddenly a nine–pound object bashed through the ceiling of her home, smashed into her radio, ricocheted off and hit her in the thigh, reports the Smithsonian. The object was a 4.5–billion years old meteorite and it left a nasty bruise in the only well–documented case of a person being struck by a rock from space. A piece of that meteorite, worthless at the time, recently sold at auction at Christie’s fetching more money per gram than gold.
The book is inspired by a theory, that collisions don’t destroy, but create things. As Lucretius said—’If (the particles) would not swerve, then everything would fall straight down like raindrops through the void, no collisions would take place and Nature never would have produced anything at all.’ The visual material collected in this book comes from: ‚The Project physics course handbook. Concepts of motion.’, the Google image search and from ‚Out of the sky. An introduction to meteoritics’ by Harvey Harlow Nininger.