I recently read an essay by Chinua Achebe in which he described the difficulty humans have with visualising big numbers. The number one million is a good example. Millions of people or dollars are regularly mentioned by politicians and journalists, to the point where they actually don't seem that impressively big a number any longer. Achebe counters this by saying, "I sometimes startled my students by telling them that it was not yet one million days since Christ was on earth."
A new book designed by Think Studio, Hendrik Hertzberg's One Million, is another attempt to visualise this massive number. It has 1,000,000 dots, 5000 to a page, with notations showing various significant numbers. So that you can see the number made concrete.
Here are some of the interior page spreads--click for big, readable versions.
Thanks to Think's John Clifford for providing the interior page images.