Youtube: From Stick Figures to String Theory

We usually assume that youtube is just for kittens, babies, and music videos. However, it turns out it’s actually a darn good place to teach people about physics, too! We’ll start with a brief history of how Minutephysics grew from a fun summer project to a youtube channel with 300,000 subscribers and 20+ million views, then discuss how media & technology (especially videos) can facilitate good, bad, and beautiful science communication, and finally talk about how to harness the power of the internet to share your own passions. And of course we’ll watch cool videos and answer questions along the way.



Henry Reich

Creator of MinutePhysics, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Henry is the creator of the MinutePhysics youtube channel and a graduate of Grinnell College in Iowa (where he studied math and physics) and the Perimeter Scholars International masters program at the Perimeter Institute. He’s worked in Los Angeles as a computer visual effects artist, published a physics paper or two, competed in the NCAA and OUA as a cross country runner and nordic skier, and is now a resident youtuber at PI. He loves learning and teaching anything cool, which for him includes science, math, music, writing & communication, skiing, visual effects, and pretty much everything else.