Recently I made a piece of science communication by filming myself colouring New Scientist’s #ColourMeLHC picture. The results of which can be found here:
But rather than self-promote I thought I’d use this as an opportunity to highlight some of my favourite Sci-Comm videos out there that I often re-watch just for the heck of it, cos they’re so damn good.
First off, chemical gardens by Periodic Videos: It has it all, photogenic chemistry, enthusiasm and quotes from literature! Need I say more?
Next up, Veritasium’s world’s roundest object. From a seemingly random task of creating the roundest sphere of pure crystalline silicon known to man to redefining Avogadro’s constant this is a great video.
Numberphile has some fantastic videos, one of my favourites is the discussion of Chicken Nugget Numbers.
Other great videos include topics on the Nepal flag, mobius strips and tori, game of life, calculating pi with pies and an infuriating fake proof that all triangles are equilateral that I still can’t figure out.
ViHart creates maths videos and all of them are worth a watch, even some of her more avant-garde works such as her riff on ‘i’ called Reel. One of my favourites though is Doodling in Maths Class: Connecting the dots.
NurdRage is an enigmatic youtube chemist who does fun chemistry that would be very dangerous outside of his professional lab environment. My favourite of his is “Grow silver metal crystals with electrochemistry” as well as his videos on how to make “hot ice” at home.
For those who like natural science, especially biology the Brain Scoop has you covered. My favourite video is a very early one called “The spirit collection”. The presenter, Emily, now works at The Chicago Field Museum.
Vsauce is an interesting one, often his videos are two parts science, to one part philosophical musings. My favourite video of his is on the topic of the world’s shortest poem but as far as science videos go his Banach-Tarski Paradox is fantastic if you don’t mind long form video.
Finally, the mind behind PhD comics brings us his Piled higher and deeper youtube channel with some great videos that combine his cartoon style with science. The Higgs Boson Explained video is particularly fantastic, as is his video on Extra Dimensions.
Other science channels that I sometimes frequent include: Thunderf00t (ignore the other, non-science, videos if you don’t like discussion of social issues), Sixty Symbols and everything else by Brady Haran, SciShow and the other Youtube EDU output by the Vlogbrothers, Quirkology and singing banana.
Well, that should keep you entertained for an hour or so…
P.S. I made myself some New Year “challenges” this year, one of which is to produce one piece of Sci-Comm/outreach every week. Let’s see how we do!