Which Way Is Down?

  • Published on Nov 2, 2017
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    Links to sources and to learn more below!
    my twitter twitter.com/tweetsauce
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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 • 42 438

  • A Shitty Guitar Player
    A Shitty Guitar Player 20 hours ago

    2:59 somebody please overlay that onto a Vsauce hentai because that just made me jizz in my pants. 🌚

  • DrizzlyEarth
    DrizzlyEarth 21 hour ago

    I remember being on acid when this video came out. Good times.

  • 1000 subs with no videos challenge

    *Slaps top of ball* This baby can hold so much gravity in it

  • yung vil
    yung vil 22 hours ago

    why doesn’t he post anymore?

  • Brian Scott
    Brian Scott Day ago

    Pounds are not unit's of mass, pounds are units of weight! That is literally one of the stupid things about the Imperial Standard measurement system.

  • TheDoubleV
    TheDoubleV Day ago

    "You are retarded, your iq is -300" that's what my friend said

  • Matthew Andrews
    Matthew Andrews Day ago

    Erik uploads more than vsauce. Now that says something.

  • Xxx Lmao
    Xxx Lmao Day ago

    🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃 for kid trunks

  • Thomas7
    Thomas7 Day ago

    He is the next Albert Einstein.

  • Tylord
    Tylord Day ago

    Hey vsauce Michaels been gone for a while and might not be coming back

  • Subash Chandra
    Subash Chandra Day ago

    "But in the meantime, rather than post nothing, I figured I would share some things that were on my mind." - Micheal Stevens, 2011

  • Neb Ecus
    Neb Ecus Day ago

    Interesting video.

  • Tc
    Tc Day ago

    Where is?

  • Upset
    Upset Day ago

    I miss vsauce

  • Throathead
    Throathead Day ago

  • Andrew Hendrix
    Andrew Hendrix Day ago

    Did he just use the force to pull that balloon to him? :o

  • Jesse Galloway
    Jesse Galloway Day ago

    your mum is down

  • Hdjd Jjdjdjd
    Hdjd Jjdjdjd Day ago

    I swear this guy will literally find out when earth will be destroyed

  • me rk
    me rk Day ago

    Michael watches rick and morty

  • Coseru Matei
    Coseru Matei Day ago

    What's the name of the song at 25:00 ?I was only able to find that it was used in The Walking Dead Episode 2 Chapter 4 Radio Play by Robert Kirkman, but still no clue as to the name. Shazam only finds the radio play. Please help :D

  • Luke Tremble
    Luke Tremble Day ago

    Feather and hammer 🤣🤣

  • Luke Tremble
    Luke Tremble Day ago

    Show some real science

    • Axel Hanne
      Axel Hanne Day ago

      What "real science"? What do you mean? Science is a way of thinking, of always searching for proofs that could contradict our way of thinking. You clearly haven't trained this "scientific" mind of yours because seeing something that challenges your view on reality is unconfortable for you. Maddening, in fact, because it pushed you to write 6 meaningless and sad comments.

  • Luke Tremble
    Luke Tremble Day ago

    FAKE NEWS!!!

  • Luke Tremble
    Luke Tremble Day ago

    How do you know what is in the earth ? Farthest man has ever dug “down” is approximately 8 miles . No one knows nor do you

  • Luke Tremble
    Luke Tremble Day ago

    There is no space, no rockets in a vacuum, no South Pole and no way anyone has ever landed on the moon .
    Density vs buoyancy does a better job explaining the truth of what we actually experience

  • Luke Tremble
    Luke Tremble Day ago

    Wow I made it a wopping 28 seconds before I could no longer see or hear from in uncontrollable laughter 😂😂😂 what utter bullshit

  • Cyprusball
    Cyprusball Day ago

    "Gravity doesn't exist" the only proof Flat-Earthers are going to take from this video

  • Stupefiy
    Stupefiy Day ago

    Lmao I’m real dirty , close your eyes at 2:59

  • Cyprusball
    Cyprusball Day ago

    "Big G"

  • Cyprusball
    Cyprusball Day ago

    AYY universe sandbox

  • Programming Carrot
    Programming Carrot Day ago +1

    *How can this kindergarten* *question turn into a* *existential crisis?*
    Through the magic of VSauce!

  • Im a Slithery Little snakey snake.

    Fact: Michael is actually Howtobasic. Just check his channels!

  • J.P Park
    J.P Park Day ago

    So no ones mentioning Micheals kinky ball slapping...

  • Wehrmacht kubizek

    I lost 30 pounds by going to equador

  • David Munro
    David Munro Day ago

    The different rates of clocks at different heights is only half the story for why geodesics near earth's surface accelerate downward. The rate clocks tick depends on your speed as well as your height, and both speed and positional dependence are crucial. See www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/II_42.html

  • Ethananous512
    Ethananous512 Day ago

    This channel after 11 months of nothing

  • Tud Elite
    Tud Elite Day ago +1


  • pokelol97
    pokelol97 Day ago +1

    Just watch veritasium guys. He uploads regurlary. So does mark roben. Ditch this garbage channel

  • pokelol97
    pokelol97 Day ago

    11 months no upload awesome :))

  • SniperDog
    SniperDog Day ago

    11:20 How many tabs does he need open?

  • gerardo
    gerardo Day ago

    Upload a video

  • Kyle Demoderpifnlikskin

    6:31 in soviet russia

  • Epic Liar
    Epic Liar 2 days ago

    And as always, goodnight hotdog farm.

  • foreverkurome
    foreverkurome 2 days ago

    where can i get one of those solid steel balls from, i want one

  • Random
    Random 2 days ago +2

    Damn I just found this channel only to be betrayed

  • Error 404
    Error 404 2 days ago

    Long story sort. Down is where the time is slower , which means down is where there are big concentrations of mass, which means down is where there is curvature on the fabric of space time.
    If you ask me, there is only one direction. Forwards, but just on another direction relative to a point of reference. I say that bcs if the space and time are one and we can only move forwards in time, then we should be allowed to only move forwards in space too. And I dont really believe that movement should be characterized as forwards backwards up down etc, we just move. We can only characterize movement only if we have a point of reference, and in this case it can only be forwards.
    And the word "forwards" characterizes the only movement that an object is allowed to make and not the direction relative to an object.
    Another way of explaining why down does not exist
    Down is where we say things are relative to a point of reference on ourselves (our senses to be exact). The way our brains processes the environment has made us think of abstract things like up, down, forwards, backwards etc to explain actions that happen and to not lose track of our surroundings. Every direction except forwards in my opinion is not truly real and just a construct of your minds. Forwards is not meant to be used with a point of reference but to explain that a thing just moves to the only direction that is allowed to do.
    Ps. These words (up down, forwards backwards,), where not made to describe these ideas about space, time and many other things, but just to be used in our every day life.

    AIDAN O'DONOGHUE 2 days ago

    So, down is down

  • Koala Solitário
    Koala Solitário 2 days ago

    what the fu-

  • Droxoz _GD
    Droxoz _GD 2 days ago

    Take a shot every day that passes without him uploading and take a shot every time he says down

  • Backless Chaps
    Backless Chaps 2 days ago

    song at 24:40?

  • it's me Jared
    it's me Jared 2 days ago

    Are we slightly lighter in day time ?

  • .
    . 2 days ago

    I go from here feeling stupid

  • T A R S
    T A R S 2 days ago


  • Junaid Farooqui
    Junaid Farooqui 2 days ago +1

    Come back Michael!!! Or will you??☹️

  • Dankboi68
    Dankboi68 2 days ago

    Half a vsauce video
    *+48 IQ*
    3 years of science classes
    *+3 IQ*

  • ChrisgammaDE
    ChrisgammaDE 2 days ago

    Did he just touch entropie at the end?

  • Rozies *
    Rozies * 2 days ago

    Hey Vsauce ( Michael ) , could you do a video on why we have the flu / why it happens every year? Thx xo ♥️

  • Midget Gaming
    Midget Gaming 2 days ago +1


  • Pele raz
    Pele raz 2 days ago

    Yall dont understand even his youtube red series died 9 months ago

    CHIKEN SQUAD 2 days ago


  • Supernatural
    Supernatural 2 days ago +1

    I cannot get enough of your videos.

  • Suga Bunni
    Suga Bunni 2 days ago +2

    *_n O t H I s i S p A T r i C k_*

  • Niclas Kristiansen
    Niclas Kristiansen 2 days ago

    We're closing in on a one year anniversary here

  • Diamond Warrior
    Diamond Warrior 2 days ago

    Stop calling us vsause

  • michl kwat
    michl kwat 2 days ago

    0:30 Earth is flat! NASA=liers

  • Chairman Pingu
    Chairman Pingu 2 days ago +1

    I miss this channel

  • TripleDots
    TripleDots 3 days ago +1


  • Evo Evolution
    Evo Evolution 3 days ago +1

    Theese 2 balls have 0 motion

  • Alex Awesome 774
    Alex Awesome 774 3 days ago

    Title: “which way is down?”
    Any other youtuber: “this way” (points to ground)
    Vsauce makes a 26 minute video. Hooray!
    Only Michael can make a simple question have a half hour answer

  • dryten
    dryten 3 days ago

    i think the idea of the differential in the effect of time on the top of an object vs the bottom resulting in the apparent effect of gravity is amazing, but it raises some questions for me
    why don't larger objects (with a bigger difference between the top and the bottom) fall faster?
    why are singular, fundamental particles with no apparent width affected by gravity?
    how does light fit into this picture?
    etc, maybe i missed something idk

  • ChickenPower
    ChickenPower 3 days ago

    I would watch your youtube red series but it is on rip off netflix.

  • WhitePencil
    WhitePencil 3 days ago

    "Are falling things pushed, or pulled? Or, is it because of time travel? First things first, lets turn the sun into a black hole."
    That's Vsauce for you.

  • Bubba Shoushy
    Bubba Shoushy 3 days ago


  • clashwithsambhav u
    clashwithsambhav u 3 days ago

    is der anyhting called luck or everything is just mathematical calculations.... for example a birth in rich family is because he was lucky ??? did his business imporve because he was lucky ??? did i find a coin on road because of my luck... or it was because my observatins skills ... is der anything called luck ???

    • Suolaukko22
      Suolaukko22 2 days ago

      Theres no luck. Theres only a statistical chance. A chance to find a coin, a chance to born to a rich family.

  • Abdulrahman Mohamed
    Abdulrahman Mohamed 3 days ago +1


  • Bryan Seare
    Bryan Seare 3 days ago

    vsauce is the next generation of bill nye

  • Anbiya Popal
    Anbiya Popal 3 days ago

    11:18 so much tabs open, maybe its a code

  • AccOUntRetr0
    AccOUntRetr0 3 days ago

    Down? Down is?

    *D O W N*

  • XdX XdX
    XdX XdX 3 days ago

    I have galaxy sandbox 2 for 3 years. I use it to help me do my homework for physic

  • FourEyes IsAFish
    FourEyes IsAFish 3 days ago

    Song starting 18:13

  • Nicky York
    Nicky York 3 days ago

    VSAUCE is very very smart

  • Bootapie
    Bootapie 3 days ago

    Wait can someone answer this. About the dropping the pencil 6ft thing. If you, before you drop the pencil, measure the distance sooo accurately to the nanometer of the tip of the pencil facing toward the ground and the ground itself, and then you record the pencil dropping and somehow calculate the distance it fell, would the distance it fell be less than the distance you measured beforehand? Because he said the earth is attracted a tiny tiny bit when you drop the pencil.

  • Overlord
    Overlord 4 days ago +1

    what are you talking about? the earth is clearly flat!

  • Ali Imran
    Ali Imran 4 days ago

    Officially the last episode of VSAUCe
    Because Micheal prefers DONG 😂

  • Patrick McKeen
    Patrick McKeen 4 days ago

    I like the way you slap those balls.

  • Vega Motor Werkz
    Vega Motor Werkz 4 days ago +1

    I miss this channel, and new seasons of mindfield, I wonder what happen?

  • Which Orange
    Which Orange 4 days ago

    down is the direction that gravity is pulling you

  • The Deaner
    The Deaner 4 days ago

    Did you forget the password to this channel Michael?

  • TCGgaming
    TCGgaming 4 days ago

    We need Vsauce Lets plays

  • Certified Dead Memes
    Certified Dead Memes 4 days ago +2

    Michael, if you forgot the channel password, you can recover it

  • Extrobite Gaming
    Extrobite Gaming 4 days ago

    How about GRAVITY

  • Extrobite Gaming
    Extrobite Gaming 4 days ago


  • Extrobite Gaming
    Extrobite Gaming 4 days ago


  • Bruno
    Bruno 4 days ago

    2:58 close your eyes.

  • TurkeyTickler
    TurkeyTickler 4 days ago

    Michael always fucks me up good

  • BagUhChipz
    BagUhChipz 4 days ago

    V sauce last free vid

  • TheSast
    TheSast 4 days ago

    I HATE auto translated titels mine is italian