Powers of Ten, Derek Jeter style

Sep 16, 2014

You’ve likely seen the classic Powers of Ten video from 1977. It starts on an individual and continues to zoom out farther to a view of galaxies. The video provides a sense of scale that makes really big (and really small) numbers more relatable. We’re just not very good at picturing scales beyond a certain range.

So when you hear that retired baseball player Derek Jeter took an estimated 342,000 swings during his professional career, you get that it’s a lot, but only kind of. The New York Times went all Powers of Ten on the Jeter swing count to help you see better.

The piece starts with a single swinging Jeter, and as you scroll down you get the average swings per at-bat, then practice swings per game. Keep going, and you get the career total.

See all the Jeters.

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