5 of my favourite YouTube Channels

This is the first of a series of ‘5 of my favourite …’ that I hope to blog in the coming weeks.

Many, if not most, people have a Gmail account. However, not many realise this means they can use the same login for YouTube to upload videos and/or subscribe to various YouTube channels. Subscribing to good YouTube channels is a must for parents and (older) children. Below are 5 of my favourite science YouTube channels (plus a bonus).

1. Veritasium

Veritasium is the brainchild of my mate and former research colleague Derek Muller. Building on his PhD thesis which examined the use of video and multimedia in physics education and addressing misconceptions, Derek has developed one of the top science YouTube channels with over 2 million subscribers and over 127 million views! With his charismatic persona, interesting and varied topics and ever increasing cinematography, Veritasium is a must watch channel to subscribe to. Here is one of his excellent repertoire:


2. Minute Physics

My claim to fame is that when Derek was starting out I suggested he contact Henry from Minute Physics to compare notes and collaborate (this happened). Minute Physics is a very well established, high quality YouTube channel using succinct, stop motion, hand drawn animations to explain some some extremely varied and interesting physics concepts. Here the true science of parallel universes is explained:


3. Periodic Videos

Another staple is Periodic Videos from Brady Haran and the University of Nottingham. Featuring the excellent, eccentric, quintessentially crazy-haired Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff, Periodic Videos brings us some fascinating chemistry videos for young and old alike. This ‘barking dog’ reaction in slow motion is a great example:



Another very well established (over 3 million subscribers) channel using stop motion animation to explain all manner of topics is AsapSCIENCE. To quote ScienceDump “I swear if AsapSCIENCE were my A level teachers, I’d be so happy, [an] entertaining way to learn rather than the standard textbook!”. Let AsapSCIENCE explain which came first – the chicken or the egg?:


5. SciShow

SciShow is a great YouTube science magazine-style channel with very appealing (and fast!) presentations and animations, covering all aspects of science. In this video SciShow explains how dogs really listen to us, and how pufferfish puff:


Bonus: Numberphile

I had to include Numberphile as a math-tastic channel, also by Brady Haran. I have always loved maths but the passionate and quirky mathematicians featured in Numberphile have brought the interest level of maths to another level. Did you know there was a mathematical way to choose a toilet?:


  1. lordfolland · February 1, 2015

    I was just looking for a video on atoms for my high school students today and was reminded about Veratasium. Thanks for the list I didn’t know asapScience.

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  2. Simon Crook · February 2, 2015

    You’re welcome. For atoms have you checked out https://crookedscience4parents.com/2015/01/24/atoms-are-ridiculously-small/ ?


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