You'll Feel Way Smarter After Watching These YouTube Physics Lessons

By Bryan Lufkin on at

If you like the Explain Like I’m Five subreddit, which demystifies life’s mysteries in layman speak (like this one about why kids eat snot), then you should bookmark MinutePhysics. It’s a popular YouTube channel that breaks down one of the more confounding branches of science by drawing cartoons with a Crayola marker.

MinutePhysics has been around since 2011, and it’s creeping up on 3 million subscribers. The videos are bite-sized tutorials that explain relativity, parallel universes, Schrödinger’s cat, and other super abstract concepts that made me feel like an imbecile in high school.

What if you jumped in a hollow tunnel in the middle of Earth? The MinutePhysics crew hypothesises what would happen:

If caught in a rainstorm, is it better to run or walk to get less soaked? (The real answer: An umbrella. Carry it.)

In which they argue pink does not exist:

And have fun with antimatter:

We can even ignore the fact that the channel name is a misnomer (most of the videos are around two to four minutes). Thanks to these little videos, I feel like I could do kinda well in a physics category on some sort of TV game show.

Image credit: MinutePhysics