You might not expect this from a Johns Hopkins student, but I do in fact have free time. The nerd that I am, a lot of this free time is still spent learning about things—but watching a YouTube video is certainly less stressful than a differential equations problem set! I thought in this blog I would outline some of my favorite YouTube channels.
As one would probably imagine from a repository that holds millions upon millions of hours of video content, it can be pretty easy to get distracted and watch old television shows or comedy or the seemingly-endless amount of vlogs for an entire afternoon. But there’s also an extremely rich section of education content. In the years that I’ve been a daily YouTube watcher, I’ve gradually increased to 53 subscriptions. Here are some of the highlights; channels I can wholeheartedly endorse for their educational content.
- Computerphile – basic computer science
- DeepSkyVideos – astronomy
- MinutePhysics – basic physics
- Objectivity – a look at the history of science
- PBS Space Time – accessible, but pretty advanced physics
- Periodic Videos – basic chemistry
- Sixty Symbols – general physics
- SmarterEveryDay – general science
- Veritasium – general science
- 3Blue1Brown – general mathematics with absolutely amazing visuals
- Mathologer – enthusiast mathematics
- Numberphile – cool mathematics
- PBS Infinite Series – enthusiast mathematics
- StandUpMaths (Matt Parker) – enthusiast mathematics
- Welch Labs – general mathematics from a coding perspective
Other Generally Informative Channels
- CGPGrey – high production value general knowledge
- EngineerGuy – general engineering
- Geography Now – geography, country-by-country
- Kurzgesagt – general knowledge
- Practical Engineering – general engineering
- Real Engineering – general engineering
- The Great War – week-by-week account of World War I
- Tom Scott – general knowledge
(as one can probably tell, I just might be a physics/mathematics major)
Getting weekly videos from many of these channels has helped augment my interest in physics and mathematics tremendously. In fact, when I first discovered that I had a passion for physics, it was many of these channels that helped curate it.
And when you finally get to the point where you’re covering material in classes that you’ve previously seen a few videos on, having that cursory knowledge of the subject already helps immensely.