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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Comments • 44 013

  • RebSike
    RebSike 14 hours ago

    RiP Vsauce

  • brycearty
    brycearty 16 hours ago

    The earth is flat you fucks. #ericdubay

  • Not Alive
    Not Alive 17 hours ago

    I have the same shoes as him

  • florencia bulb
    florencia bulb 17 hours ago

    Vsauce I miss you, I'm one of the Filipino fans that loved your channel for years, instead of studying for the exam, I watch your videos to be educated. Thank you for all the years you have been posting and sharing. We love you.

  • Crantrex
    Crantrex 18 hours ago

    Fat guys are actually hot

    I mean, doesn’t heat make things expand

  • Sackman101
    Sackman101 20 hours ago

    Close eyes at 2:58

  • Daze Eevee
    Daze Eevee 21 hour ago

    Vsause micheal here

  • Mechtech505
    Mechtech505 21 hour ago

    i feel if we expand into space, we need designated directions (like earth having north, south, east, west)

  • PitchFork Industries
    PitchFork Industries 21 hour ago

    if you can follow his train of thought, your IQ is instantly 5000

  • Lunar Dancer
    Lunar Dancer 21 hour ago

    This video taught me why ladies like massive penises.

  • George Washington
    George Washington 23 hours ago +2

    Come on vsauce you know not everyone can afford youtube red, please come back.

  • xXD1GxDUGXx
    xXD1GxDUGXx Day ago

    The reason why people are doing fortnite dances is that Michael has not uploaded in a year.

  • Gaming4Life123
    Gaming4Life123 Day ago

    Comeback on this channel

  • Minty Kitten
    Minty Kitten Day ago +1

    *Down is Down*

  • W_ ois
    W_ ois Day ago


  • Strom Hawkins
    Strom Hawkins Day ago

    So technically, in this case, all the land northern hemisphere for a specific amount of time of course... and when the tilt is right, it is moving towards the equator?

  • wiktorchm
    wiktorchm Day ago

    Heliocentric propaganda...

  • Cervatillo
    Cervatillo Day ago

    isn’t mass represented with Newtons (N) at least that’s what my physics teacher told me

  • Derek Savery
    Derek Savery Day ago +1


  • Emancipated Host

    What the fuck did I just watch?

  • George.
    George. Day ago

    Hey v sauce, was here

  • Shay S
    Shay S Day ago

    חרמנית בת 19 מחכה לך בכפר סבא

  • vixYtor
    vixYtor Day ago

    Come back

  • MetalOfAllOwns
    MetalOfAllOwns Day ago

    So... The earth is flat....

  • FriendBoy 547
    FriendBoy 547 Day ago

    HEEEY Vsauce Michael Here!!

  • Kaden Armour
    Kaden Armour Day ago

    He literally said gravity isn't real and dipped

  • Murr Murr
    Murr Murr Day ago

    Thank you Vsauce, very nice.

  • bloon boomer
    bloon boomer Day ago

    What's is the up-side down version of "swims"

  • pewdiss pie
    pewdiss pie Day ago

    I wish you were my science teachet

    DJKOOLKAT Day ago

    I just bought that game 2 weeks ago and ther is a code to get it free here 😢 rip


    After years with Michael, the thing that takes him away was what we least expected. The TheXvid corporate soul consuming machine known as "premium." It's enough that I get an ad for almost every video but now I can't even watch fucking Vsauce. FUCK YOU TheXvid, YOU WERE ONCE SO SOULFUL AND UNIQUE.

  • 4Ω CD5
    4Ω CD5 Day ago

    Large objects attract other objects alright. That explains trump support. (`°·°´)^ Don't 🔫 it's a joke.

  • Clayton Bigsby
    Clayton Bigsby Day ago +1

    Down is down anywhere on the Earth, cause it's flat.

  • MR. ɅPΞX
    MR. ɅPΞX Day ago

    Gravity doesn't effect my horizontal slapping 🤣

  • Michael Davis
    Michael Davis Day ago

    Gravity is a construct

  • Ariel Shikoba
    Ariel Shikoba Day ago

    Am I the only one who gets 70's porno vibes from the background music??? 😄😄😄😄 Just joking, awesome video! 😏

  • Danny Price
    Danny Price Day ago +1

    Fucking sellout

  • Colby Crocker
    Colby Crocker Day ago

    Why are the comments disabled for you premium vids? Is it because they are not very good? What happened to Vsause? I got the free trial mostly to see your vids, and so far I am unimpressed.

  • Elijah Rivera
    Elijah Rivera Day ago

    "Or is it because of time travel? First things first: let's turn the Sun into a black hole."

  • Zachary Rodriguez

    Slapping around these two balls.

  • Salt_Train
    Salt_Train Day ago

    miss you

  • Eldrerol
    Eldrerol Day ago


  • EgTheBlizzardBeast

    Vsauce drinks to much V-8.

  • Anonymous Tv
    Anonymous Tv Day ago

    so this is how the force works in star wars....

  • OkayVevo
    OkayVevo 2 days ago

    Alright but post more regular videos please!

  • An Internet Troll
    An Internet Troll 2 days ago

    He hasn’t uploaded an actual video on this channel for more than a year

  • Backon Lazer
    Backon Lazer 2 days ago

    Welp, I guess the flat-earthers were right about one thing... gravity doesn't exist.

  • KILLEr
    KILLEr 2 days ago

    0:41 it's actually because the earth is an magnet and if you ever whatched the film cartoon called The Ice Age in one part of the film there's that animal what is trying to get to its nut and for some reason falls in a deep hole which gets him to a big gray ball. So that's the magnet which means at that magnet is very hot and the gravity is going to get you down when jumped in about 0,57 seconds while at the ground will take atleast the double amount. Thanks for reading, hope you learned something from this comment and wear your seatbels

  • Oliver Hayes
    Oliver Hayes 2 days ago

    Watch 2.58 to 3.02 out of context

  • Paras
    Paras 2 days ago

    what's the game name?

  • Hobbit Wessur
    Hobbit Wessur 2 days ago

    You look like my ninth grade science and math teacher, Mr Weston!

  • Wild fire
    Wild fire 2 days ago +1

    The earth is actually flat.Whenever we drop things it’s just that the earth is moving up to meet the falling object.

  • John Cena
    John Cena 2 days ago

    havent watched the video, just wanted to say that the enemy's gate is always down

  • Xythrr Wolf
    Xythrr Wolf 2 days ago

    And this was the last free video up until now.

  • Ucmh
    Ucmh 2 days ago

    Nope, didn't get a bit of it. If we stay with the pencil-on-the-cone demonstration, why would the pencil start moving? I didn't hear one bit of explanation on that.

  • Moonlight io
    Moonlight io 2 days ago +1

    wait... which way is down? if i'm on the other side of the earth, than my down is up. if i'm on the side of the earth, my down is sideways, which means down is every direction, which means everything i've been taught is a lie.
    that means that my entire life i've been lied to and i am living a lie.

    what is a day? if you're in space, then you won't experience any change. if you're on earth, then you'll experience a change in time, which means that there would technically be no such thing as a day if the solar system didn't exist, since other planets experience days too, then there would technically be no such thing as time since there is nothing there to tell how long you have been there. i have been lied to.

    sorry i think a lot xD

  • Green Blue Red
    Green Blue Red 2 days ago


  • Green Blue Red
    Green Blue Red 2 days ago

    One year... I need Vsausce NOW

  • Thiago Uchida
    Thiago Uchida 2 days ago

    Vsauce come back, im guetting stupider

  • Aidan Jenney
    Aidan Jenney 2 days ago +1

    It's been over a year since he left... the world is at war with itself, only the rich affording his premium series. IQs are dropping, human lives are ending, and a cosmic collision between the nearest black hole to us is coming our way. We need you, Micheal... we need you, Vsauce.

  • Rithrius
    Rithrius 2 days ago

    12:45 And yet Americans are still considered to be generally more overweight than Europeans. X3

  • Kotori Minami_chan16

    My high school physics teacher did not explain "mass" like that.

  • Mew2psycho 1
    Mew2psycho 1 2 days ago

    Sub to me

    UNKNOWN_ _USER 2 days ago

    Which way is up?

  • Saumil sunil Shah
    Saumil sunil Shah 2 days ago

    Hpw to basic eggs down

  • Ben From Gulf City
    Ben From Gulf City 2 days ago

    4:06 at least someone is attracted to me

  • Stalin
    Stalin 2 days ago +1

    Esauce plz upload
    Anything we don't care if it's not a cool subject just do it

  • Ryan Lasek
    Ryan Lasek 2 days ago

    2:59 Vsauce asmr

  • licharias
    licharias 2 days ago

    where are the flatearthers

  • Ken
    Ken 2 days ago

    So why are we trying to always link the four fundamental forces, with gravity being considered one of them? Isn't this what's string theory is about?

  • Can we hit 10.000 subs with almost no videos?

    When does a lot starts?

  • Gravity Falls And Stuff

    *Gravity 20:38 😏

  • Javier Hernandez
    Javier Hernandez 3 days ago

    7:50 All Flat Earthers Unite

  • Penguins Inc.
    Penguins Inc. 3 days ago

    so down is the direction where time is moving slowest... FUCK

  • rnrsimon12
    rnrsimon12 3 days ago

    Close your eyes at 2:58

  • Maxfield Yss'rag
    Maxfield Yss'rag 3 days ago


  • Jade Miller
    Jade Miller 3 days ago

    i wish Micheal taught me physics

  • Alex Banks
    Alex Banks 3 days ago


  • Fortnite Fan
    Fortnite Fan 3 days ago


  • Jay Lakke
    Jay Lakke 3 days ago +2

    i cant believe its been a year since this vid came out!

  • Phantom Pheonix
    Phantom Pheonix 3 days ago

    There is no down

  • jursamaj
    jursamaj 3 days ago

    It's not the difference in the flow of time between your head and feet that causes falling. If it where, you'd fall slower when lying down than when standing.

  • I don't know any usernames

    I'm so mindfucked

  • Getzopurple
    Getzopurple 3 days ago

    Hey Vsauce Michael here what is a person. Well its a simple awnser that can get very complicated. ”vsauce music plays” then he goes off and explains what a human is but then he says but if you were a cat and saw another cat would you say that other cat was a person after that he goes off into the creation of the world and the start of life on earth and in the end we come to the decision that a person is made up of crazy space ingredients. The End

  • Eduardo Faria
    Eduardo Faria 3 days ago

    U don’t weigh 180

  • Daniel Dragojevic
    Daniel Dragojevic 3 days ago

    Lets drop the pencil 999999999999999999999999999999999999999 times

  • Nahuel Martínez
    Nahuel Martínez 3 days ago

    I understood about 20-25% of the content of this video. But the basic answer to the title question is, I think, it's not one way specifically, although it is *_a_* way

  • Mark Hensens
    Mark Hensens 3 days ago

    Can I adopt you?

  • Flying Flurrox
    Flying Flurrox 3 days ago

    Maybe the world would be better if Vsauce was never here, glorious as it was, for is enlightenment only to be taken away less cruel than staying in the dark? I think not.

  • TheCoolDeck
    TheCoolDeck 3 days ago

    This channel reminds me of neatmike

  • unt
    unt 4 days ago +1

    Used to love this channel but since he’s gone premium I have lost all respect for this man what a disappointment.

  • Josh Purdy
    Josh Purdy 4 days ago

    Is vsauce a fully paid channel now?

  • flamingo
    flamingo 4 days ago


  • Adan Cortez
    Adan Cortez 4 days ago

    The 5.7 thousand people the disliked this video can go die from a black hole

  • Smith Anderso
    Smith Anderso 4 days ago

    Let's unsubscribe......and let him do TheXvid red in peace... Hit like to show you don't follow him anymore.m

  • kieran walker
    kieran walker 4 days ago

    Ten thousand TTH
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    Ones O UNITS U
    Tenths TS
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    Thousandths THS
    Ten thousandths TTHS

  • Yuush
    Yuush 4 days ago

    Michael, we miss VSauce.
    I loved how you covered humane sciences, linguistics, physics, mathematics and much more, it was beautiful, it was entertaining, it was FUN
    I only saw the free videos from Mindfield and I must say: despite the quality and effort that you always put in your projects, the free VSauce videos were waaaaaaaaay more interesting because it was unique
    Don't get me wrong, you have made an excellent job at Mindfield, but it ends up following the same old format that we were sick of (although the themes are super nice). Do you know what I mean? VSauce was unique, it was crazy, it was Michael talking to the public, there was a connection that was lost in Mindfield (which should be on a completely different channel btw)
    pls come back :'(

  • 5656Dana
    5656Dana 4 days ago +1

    and then vsauce died

  • Stavve Mavve
    Stavve Mavve 4 days ago

    Day ??? My IQ has dropped so much I cant tell what day it is since he disappeared

  • Da Package
    Da Package 4 days ago

    He’s focusing on his TheXvid red series ‘Mindfield’ and less on his TheXvid channel