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Created byHenry Reich
Years active2011–present
GenreEducation, science, physics, philosophy
Subscribers5.62 million (MinutePhysics)
2.76 million (MinuteEarth)
129 thousand (MinuteFood)
Total views519 million (MinutePhysics)
419 million (MinuteEarth)
13.9 million (MinuteFood)
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2013 (MinutePhysics)[1]

Last updated: January 18, 2023

MinutePhysics is an educational YouTube channel created by Henry Reich in 2011. The channel's videos use whiteboard animation to explain physics-related topics. Early videos on the channel were approximately one minute long.[2] As of June 2020, the channel has over 5 million subscribers.

Videos from MinutePhysics have been featured on PBS NewsHour,[3] Huffington Post,[4][5] NBC,[6] and Gizmodo.[7] MinutePhysics is a channel that can be viewed through YouTube EDU. Videos from the channel published prior to April 2016 are also made available to download as a podcast.[8]


The most popular MinutePhysics video, with more than 17 million views, discusses whether it is more suitable to walk or to run when trying to avoid rain.[9] Reich also has uploaded a series of three videos explaining the Higgs Boson.[4][5][6] In March 2020, Reich produced a video that explained exponential projection of statistics as data is being collected, using the evolving record related to COVID-19 data.[10]


MinutePhysics has collaborated with Vsauce,[11] as well as the director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Neil Turok, and Destin Sandlin of Smarter Every Day.[12] MinutePhysics also has made two videos that were narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson[13][14] and one video narrated by Tom Scott.[15] The channel also collaborated with physicist Sean M. Carroll in a five-part video series on time and entropy and with Grant Sanderson on a video about a lost lecture of physicist Richard Feynman, as well as a video about Bell's Theorem.[16][17]

Other channels[edit]

In October 2011, Reich started a second channel, MinuteEarth. The channel features a similar style to his MinutePhysics videos, with a focus on the physical properties and phenomena that make up and occur on Earth.[18]

In March 2022, MinuteFood was launched.[19]

Standard and Nebula[edit]

MinutePhysics was one of the original founders of the Standard creator community along with Dave Wiskus, CGP Grey, Philipp Dettmer and many other creators. Through Standard, MinutePhysics has released most of his content on Standard's Nebula streaming service, mostly the same videos he posts on Youtube but ad and sponsorship free, but he also releases some Nebula Originals only on the platform, including two exclusive Nebula Originals MinuteBody and The Illegal Alien.[20]


  1. ^ @minutephysics (28 Jan 2013). "Who knew a youtube channel about fundamental physics could get a million subscribers? Not me..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Tyler Dukes (September 23, 2012). "Exploring the universe in 60 seconds". News Observer. Archived from the original on September 30, 2012. Retrieved September 24, 2012.
  3. ^ Jenny Marder (January 28, 2013). "New Space Telescope to Map Dark Matter". PBS NewsHour. PBS. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Higgs Boson Explained By MinutePhysics (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. July 6, 2012. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Higgs Boson, MinutePhysics: Mass, Higgs Field Explained In New (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. July 15, 2012. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  6. ^ a b Alan Boyle (July 5, 2012). "The Higgs boson explained in (just a bit more than) a minute". Cosmic Log. NBC. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  7. ^ Jamie Condliffe (November 22, 2012). "When You Sit Down, Does Your Ass Actually Touch the Chair?". Gizmodo. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
  8. ^ "Podcasts – MinutePhysics by ScienceAlert". iTunes. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  9. ^ Reich, Henry (2012-12-20). "Is it Better to Walk or Run in the Rain?". Retrieved November 12, 2021 – via YouTube.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "How To Tell If We're Beating COVID-19" – via YouTube.
  11. ^ Sandrine Ceurstemont (August 31, 2012). "One-MinutePhysics: How to travel through the Earth". New Scientist. Retrieved September 24, 2012.
  12. ^ Jason Major (October 7, 2012). "MinutePhysics: Real World Telekinesis". Universe Today. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  13. ^ "A Brief History of Everything, feat. Neil deGrasse Tyson" – via YouTube.
  14. ^ "Does the Universe Have a Purpose? feat. Neil deGrasse Tyson". 27 November 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2017 – via YouTube.
  15. ^ "Null Island: The Busiest Place That Doesn't Exist" – via YouTube.
  16. ^ "Feynman's Lost Lecture (ft. 3Blue1Brown)" – via YouTube.
  17. ^ Bell's Theorem: The Quantum Venn Diagram Paradox, retrieved 2020-04-13 – via YouTube
  18. ^ Henry Reich. "MinuteEarth YouTube Page". YouTube. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
  19. ^ "Welcome to MinuteFood" – via YouTube.
  20. ^ Hale, James (June 10, 2019). "Creators Can't Always Take Risks With Their Content. That's Why YouTuber Community Standard Built Nebula — A Platform For Its Creators To Experiment". TubeFilter. Retrieved June 24, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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