I've said many time before that the best iPad apps are those that combine coffee-table styled books with the fluid nature of the iPad's interface. Back in Time is just that, it's the story of the entire history of our universe made interactive on the iPad.
What's it do?
The app takes you back in time, from the moment of the Big Bang to now, 13.7 billion years later. There's 300 stunning images, more than a 100 animations, videos and timelines and countless fun little facts that you probably didn't know about our universe. You basically twirl a clock's hands around to see the defining moments of our history, jumping million of years at a time to see what type of life, if any, existed back then. There's articles explaining more about the phenomenons that happened and it's all packaged in an uber-slick interface that kids and adults will enjoy using.
Why do we like it?
I'm not a big science person but I'm in awe of how tiny we are in the larger scope of space. Back in Time shows us just how small we are by showing you how long the history of the universe is. 13.7 billion years! It's a learning experience wrapped up in a very visual experience. I can't help but keep fast forwarding the pseudo-clock to find out more about different periods of time in our universe. The imagery is especially stunning too, my jaw drops at the detail of the videos. One thing that's both good and bad though: it's a 600MB+ app so it's freaking huge but it doesn't need the Internet to work so it's decently fast.
Back in Time
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