Which Way Is Down?

  • Published on Nov 2, 2017
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    Thanks to Eric Langlay (thexvid.com/user/ericdraven30) for producing, editing, and animating this episode with me. Thanks also to Henry Reich (thexvid.com/user/minutephysics) for his advice and guidance.
    Universe Sandbox² : universesandbox.com/
    Mass vs weight:
    Great Veritasium video: thexvid.com/video/_z0x0ye8ioc/video.html
    two other great videos: thexvid.com/video/6ccijrwyo9u/video.html and thexvid.com/video/acqqzrpccfm/video.html
    baseballs coming together under gravitational attraction can be simulated in Universe Sandbox 2. More math behind it can be found here: www.reddit.com/r/explainlikeimfive/comments/2vyxl7/eli5_will_two_baseballs_a_foot_apart_in_deep/
    Weight to mass (on surface of Earth) convertor: www.convertunits.com/from/kilograms/to/newton
    pencil and Earth falling numbers: www.quora.com/When-we-drop-a-pencil-the-earth-attracts-it-and-it-seems-that-the-pencil-is-falling-towards-earth-Why-doesnt-the-earth-come-up-towards-the-pencil
    NASA HD footage: archive.org/details/NASA-Ultra-High-Definition
    Buoyancy: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buoyancy
    Earth’s spin and its effect on ‘down’: www.freemars.org/jeff/Earth/down.htm
    The measurement of Earth and its gravity:
    Movement of Earth’s center of mass:
    you get heavier before you get lighter as you descend into Earth: www.reddit.com/r/askscience/comments/4qfl52/do_you_get_lighter_the_further_underground_that/
    vertical deflection:
    practical uses of measuring gravity: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravimetry
    Interactive Earth geoid: experiments.withgoogle.com/chrome/geoid-viewer
    your weight when moon is overhead: www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=11639.0
    Hammer and feather drop on moon: nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/lunar/apollo_15_feather_drop.html
    Why things fall at the same rate: www.quora.com/If-an-object-has-more-mass-then-its-pull-on-earth-would-be-greater-than-an-object-with-less-mass-and-therefore-should-fall-to-earth-faster-Why-do-objects-of-different-mass-fall-to-earth-at-the-same-speed
    Wolfram Alpha cone geodesic tool: demonstrations.wolfram.com/ConeGeodesics/
    General Relativity:
    simple animation showing geodesic on cone and how it causes motion DOWN in space: thexvid.com/video/ddc0qn6f3g4/video.html
    GREAT pbs spacetime video (watch the whole channel): thexvid.com/video/awhkz3fd9ja/video.html
    time and gravity:
    tests of general relativity: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tests_of_general_relativity
    great introductory texts:
    “Relativity Visualized” by Lewis Carroll Epstein www.amazon.com/Relativity-Explained-Classics-Science-Mathematics/dp/0486293157
    There’s also this PDF that takes Epstein’s diagrams into more detail: www.relativity.li/uploads/pdf/English/Epstein_en.pdf
    “Relativity Simply Explained” by Martin Gardener www.amazon.com/Relativity-Explained-Classics-Science-Mathematics/dp/0486293157
    great intro to the math of general relativity:
    “A Most Incomprehensible Thing: Notes Towards a Very Gentle Introduction to the Mathematics of Relativity” by Peter Collier www.amazon.com/Most-Incomprehensible-Thing-Introduction-Mathematics/dp/0957389469/
    Requires some background in relevant math topics (see above) but very very good:
    “Spacetime And Geometry: An Introduction To General Relativity” by Sean Carrol www.amazon.com/gp/product/9332571651/
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  • michael doerpholx
    michael doerpholx 2 hours ago

    dude ur so smart and awesome!

  • Alena Wisayan
    Alena Wisayan 3 hours ago

    Hello creator of how to basic

  • Gus inabus
    Gus inabus 4 hours ago

    great video. very well done

  • Michael Christiaan D. P.

    Hey, Michael here. Remember when vsauce wasnt garbage?

  • Lord Cannie
    Lord Cannie 7 hours ago

    We miss you Michael. Not DONG, not Mind Field! But Vsauce.

  • No Just no.
    No Just no. 8 hours ago


  • Matthew Kee
    Matthew Kee 10 hours ago

    Bro, it's called gravity

  • Tog Playz
    Tog Playz 10 hours ago

    We’re is this video

  • Andrew Syde
    Andrew Syde 12 hours ago

    Still waiting 🙄

  • SomeCreepYouDontKnow
    SomeCreepYouDontKnow 12 hours ago

    Let's all be honest every one of us would like to have Michael slap our balls around as vigorously as in this video

  • Warren Shiang
    Warren Shiang 16 hours ago

    I don't understand physics.

  • •
     17 hours ago


  • SilentNaut
    SilentNaut 19 hours ago +1

    👇 that way

    TITAN VIEIRA 21 hour ago


  • Ry KD
    Ry KD 22 hours ago

    its because the earth is flat
    r/wooooosh just in case

  • Gamma 144
    Gamma 144 22 hours ago

    24:53 Jake Chudnow reference

  • SirPizzaJuice Noodilius Rames

    “First things first, let’s turn the Sun into a black hole”.
    That wasn’t a neat segway, Michael literally used his near infinite power to condense the Sun into a black hole, but escaped to our dimension to be safe from his clones patrolling the multiverse

  • Soursoulers
    Soursoulers 23 hours ago

    why is there a girl standing at the left bottom on 3:41

  • Noah Lyons
    Noah Lyons Day ago

    i wish michael would slap my balls

  • Arjay Cruz
    Arjay Cruz Day ago

    so earth is flat and it just gets curve

  • Scott
    Scott Day ago

    This channel use to be good.

  • nowonmetube
    nowonmetube Day ago

    This is too much for Flat Earthers.

  • Turncloak Renegade

    2:58 and close your eyes

  • Cool Beans
    Cool Beans Day ago +2

    This is the first episode I’ve ever seen bye you and I am sitting here at 12 at night going what the fuck.🙃

  • Mr Oof
    Mr Oof Day ago


  • laywall
    laywall Day ago

    bruh, where tf are you getting this information???

  • Tom Kavanagh
    Tom Kavanagh Day ago +1

    Lol down syndrome

  • Megan Tabatadze
    Megan Tabatadze Day ago

    8:56 evil laugh

  • Oscar Barraza
    Oscar Barraza 2 days ago

    2:58 ohh yea Michael

  • jorDEATH-3
    jorDEATH-3 2 days ago +2

    Haha between 24:57 and 25:00 there is a camera😂

    CHUNGUS 2 days ago


  • Tot tota
    Tot tota 2 days ago

    3:41 Pretty sure my mass changed after I left KFC

  • Jake
    Jake 2 days ago

    Last non premium video. You fucking sellout

  • The Thermal Drill guys. Go get it!

    Vsauce i really need you to make a video on the SCP FOUNDATION so i can see what you think about that cursed land

  • Fully BlueBean
    Fully BlueBean 2 days ago

    Why don’t we have our own gravity

  • darez gaming
    darez gaming 2 days ago

    Umm are the stell has more weight because There's a magnet field and gravity?
    Or because it has more density?

  • Hatsofmadness
    Hatsofmadness 2 days ago +1

    I'd let Michael slap my balls around for science.

    Sorry I had to ;(

  • Stripes Al
    Stripes Al 2 days ago +14

    Kindergarten teacher:Alright kids! 1+1=2!
    Vsause:Or is it?...

  • patrick aherne
    patrick aherne 3 days ago

    where are your fingers

  • ko ko
    ko ko 3 days ago

    Did anyone see the boy who is standing in the left corner? 2:40

  • meTM
    meTM 3 days ago

    Mr vsaucemikaelhere, Todd wont let me make you in skyrim help what do I do.

  • Louis de Bourbon XIV

    Нестор, конечно, ёбу дал про совок такую хуйню нести. Большевики - это царские военные? Я хуею с этой дуры.

  • XxTitanic399xX GAM
    XxTitanic399xX GAM 3 days ago +1

    Vsauce+mark rober=albert einstine

  • zayyan atha
    zayyan atha 3 days ago

    3:28 oh yeah, slap that ball

  • CIA
    CIA 3 days ago

    VSauce IS ALIVE!

  • Andrew ?
    Andrew ? 3 days ago

    Gravity is buoyancy.... the plastic is heavier than air, there for it sinks in the air til it stops. If you forget about gravity all together, buoyancy explains the world perfectly

    • im not a furry i swear
      im not a furry i swear Day ago

      also, gravity is curvature of space

    • mikedelhoo
      mikedelhoo 2 days ago +1

      Andrew ? Actually buoyancy is caused by gravity. In water for example the pressure rises the deeper you go because the water below has to support the weight of all the water above it. It is this pressure that acts on objects in the water - an effect that is called buoyancy. But without gravity, the water "above" would not push down on the water "below", so there would be no pressure difference, and therefore no buoyancy.

    • Andrew ?
      Andrew ? 3 days ago

      And forget about space. Also you can see over the horizon with a space telescope or high powered camera lens... wake the fuck up

  • Pedro Ayala Rafael
    Pedro Ayala Rafael 3 days ago

    4:32 eres un pendejazo 🤣🤣🤣. Hey here's a new fan 😎.

  • rJohnTV
    rJohnTV 3 days ago

    tbh i dont understand a thing..

  • Scarce Ceptor
    Scarce Ceptor 3 days ago

    Listening to that without picture, or context....
    Oh noes! Michael did an oopsie!

  • SumSandGaming
    SumSandGaming 3 days ago

    9:48 noooooo

  • Tato Enderman
    Tato Enderman 3 days ago

    13:48 when ur mam makes a joke but its 2019

  • Evan Murphy
    Evan Murphy 3 days ago

    I thought vsauce was smart till he began to suck off TheXvid premium

  • Evan Murphy
    Evan Murphy 3 days ago

    Rip this channel its dead to us non premium plebs

  • Keen2Game !
    Keen2Game ! 3 days ago

    Why did he start making premium vids😪

  • john edwards
    john edwards 3 days ago

    By their own definition, the past and the future don't exist. Therefore, time travel can't exist.

  • H.
    H. 3 days ago

    there is no free will

  • Someone You don't know
    Someone You don't know 3 days ago +1

    2:58 me at 2 am

  • Dab Corn
    Dab Corn 3 days ago


  • Derek Leiro
    Derek Leiro 4 days ago

    I know the Mind field thing, is his passion and he really wanted to turn it into a series and thats really cool, but finding time for a video even if its 3 minutes long can't be that hard

  • Mr. Mate
    Mr. Mate 4 days ago

    is everything big but we just see it small?

  • Aly Homewood
    Aly Homewood 4 days ago

    When you think "yeah let's rewatch vsauce videos"
    And then he just talks about your current physics topic.
    Win-win for me I guess

    • Aly Homewood
      Aly Homewood 4 days ago

      And also covers the topics from the year. Like, everything we did in physics this year...

  • Joep Jansen
    Joep Jansen 4 days ago +1

    Help pewdiepie please! sub gap < 9k

    • Waterfox_ 3
      Waterfox_ 3 3 days ago

      +Joep Jansen I'm already subbed with 10 accounts & I tell my friends to sub to them, 9 YEAR OLDS, CHARGE!

    • Joep Jansen
      Joep Jansen 3 days ago +1

      +Waterfox_ 3 Now it's 19k what's ur point he still needs help!

    • Waterfox_ 3
      Waterfox_ 3 4 days ago

      It's a 22k gap

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    21:14 is this wat u are looking for ?

  • Christopher Dibbs
    Christopher Dibbs 4 days ago

    Behold. The last VSauce video.
    'Tis a sad thing to see.

  • Allahu SnackBar
    Allahu SnackBar 4 days ago

    You are my hero Michael - I’ve grown up listening to you and you’ve made me love science so much! You are so funny and you made science to us school kids ‘cool’ back then. You have influenced this generation enormously.. keep up your awesome work.. you deserve so much praise!!!

  • Kevin Thabest
    Kevin Thabest 4 days ago

    Vsauce used to make good content regularly. Then the videos started to slow to a crawl and for a time they completely stopped. Now it’s all premium garbage. I’m very disappointed this channel. Unsubscribed.

  • Carter Moore
    Carter Moore 4 days ago

    Please come back Michael :( I don’t want to buy premium

  • Комментаторский Легион

    нестор начал пилить ролики на английском? XD

  • Sadboi 123
    Sadboi 123 4 days ago


  • Bruno Ausman
    Bruno Ausman 4 days ago

    Thank you for this. That hurt my head. I understood about half of it. Will watch again tomorrow to see if I can get all of it. Might have to watch three times because I am slow.

  • Jcee Ofc
    Jcee Ofc 4 days ago

    When he said time travel I got AIDS
    I still love your videos

  • Eclipse
    Eclipse 4 days ago

    -You always will be a legend in our hearts Michael Stevenson.
    Today we lost another soldier boys, we lost a battle but not war.
    -Or do we? ( Music starts)

  • Cameron Kidde
    Cameron Kidde 4 days ago

    2:56 lol

  • Kristof's Konnection
    Kristof's Konnection 4 days ago +1

    your paid content isn't even available in my country, i cant even pay you to get your content, please come back to us, we miss you

  • Jeeky Jacky
    Jeeky Jacky 5 days ago

    Holi shit my IQ just shot up crazy "high".👀

    JACOBGAMER 5 days ago

    Where is his tapeline?

  • Danny Bowen
    Danny Bowen 5 days ago

    Is this why Brazilians can run for a long time?

  • HiHi 257
    HiHi 257 5 days ago

    5:13 that’s how mafia works

  • That Guy
    That Guy 5 days ago

    When will you upload something that's not mind field? 😢

  • Nice Memes
    Nice Memes 5 days ago +2

    lisen to 2:59 with your eyes closed

    • Nice Memes
      Nice Memes 2 days ago

      the hell is your problem

    • Andrew ?
      Andrew ? 3 days ago

      Nice Memes I imagine him banging tana, first you tuber I think of, lol because I’d want to bang her too

  • Suscroober333
    Suscroober333 5 days ago

    What is the song at 7:12?

  • H_de
    H_de 5 days ago

    1:57 Sounds like the alternate Dark Side Of The Moon

  • Simon Guerra
    Simon Guerra 5 days ago +1

    Everyone needs to dislike all dong videos to get our vsauce back :(

  • Killuminati1blood
    Killuminati1blood 5 days ago

    im guessing down is gravity. g2g

  • Jay G
    Jay G 5 days ago

    20:00 this is not accurate from my prospective as if you were to place the paper on the equator it would fall flat. That means that if u place the paper on the globe where you did it might work. But.. if you were to move the paper around the globe again you would still have a place where the paper would not touch the surface. Sounds crazy but sooo accurate! See you guys in the future

  • hydrayt games
    hydrayt games 5 days ago

    The statement you started about mass with the balls is correct but it is called inersha

  • TheDark Lord
    TheDark Lord 5 days ago

    25:07 when she looks up

  • Christopher 0205
    Christopher 0205 5 days ago +2

    It’s been a year, Human iq average has fallen down by 99%
    And suicide rates have gone up 10209292%, comeback please.

  • iRockDevelopment
    iRockDevelopment 5 days ago

    Down is where ones feet are at. You can be in an space ship with artificial gravity. Your feet stay to the floor as you approach a planet. When your close to a planet you are horizontal to the ground of the planet regardless a the side of the planet you aproach

  • Ashton Wheat
    Ashton Wheat 5 days ago +11

    If I had one uno reverse card...

    This is where i would use it

    • Derek Leiro
      Derek Leiro 4 days ago

      Yeah... I know the Mind field thing, is his passion and he really wanted to turn it into a series and thats really cool, but finding time for a video even if its 3 minutes long can't be that hard

  • Mason Parr
    Mason Parr 5 days ago +1

    14:55 you can hear the start of the music

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  • Josh Henvest
    Josh Henvest 5 days ago

    Who actually knows what he’s talking about

  • Coen A
    Coen A 5 days ago +1

    Which way is down?
    Easy, the enemy's gate.

  • Brian Padgett
    Brian Padgett 5 days ago

    The enemy's gate is down.

  • Zaltic
    Zaltic 5 days ago +1

    Last video of Vsauce I'll watch

  • Albino Viper
    Albino Viper 6 days ago

    Vsauce has fallen into the black hole of TheXvid premium

  • Albino Viper
    Albino Viper 6 days ago

    no more Vsauce

  • Max Deview
    Max Deview 6 days ago +2

    Black lives matter
    ...or do they?

  • Nos Pls
    Nos Pls 6 days ago

    👇🏻 this way