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Minute Physics
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YouTube information
Created byHenry Reich
Years activeJune 20, 2011; 10 years ago (2011-06-20)
GenreEducation, science, physics, philosophy
Subscribers5.35 million
Total views481 million
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2013[1]

Updated: June 29, 2021

Minute Physics is an educational YouTube channel created by Henry Reich in 2011. The channel's videos use whiteboard animation[2] to explain physics-related topics in approximately one minute.[3] As of June 2020, the channel has nearly about 5 and a half million subscribers.

Videos from Minute Physics have been featured on PBS NewsHour,[4] Huffington Post,[5][6] NBC,[7] and Gizmodo.[8] Minute Physics is also a channel that is able to be viewed through YouTube EDU.


The most popular Minute Physics video, with more than 15 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.[5][6][7] 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]


Minute Physics 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] Minute Physics 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, Minute Earth. The channel features a similar style to his Minute Physics videos, with a focus on the physical properties and phenomena that make up and occur on Earth.[18] Minute Physics also is available to download as a podcast on iTunes.[19]

Standard and Nebula[edit]

Minute Physics 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, Minute Physics 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. ^ Liz Klimas (September 15, 2011). "MINUTEPHYSICS: STUDENT EXPLAINS TOUGH SCIENCE USING 'TIME-LAPSED DRAWING'". The Blaze. Archived from the original on September 3, 2012. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Jenny Marder (January 28, 2013). "New Space Telescope to Map Dark Matter". PBS NewsHour. PBS. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Higgs Boson Explained By MinutePhysics (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. July 6, 2012. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Higgs Boson, MinutePhysics: Mass, Higgs Field Explained In New (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. July 15, 2012. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Jamie Condliffe (November 22, 2012). "When You Sit Down, Does Your Ass Actually Touch the Chair?". Gizmodo. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
  9. ^ Reich, Henry (2012-12-20). "Is it Better to Walk or Run in the Rain?". YouTube.
  10. ^ How To Tell If We're Beating COVID-19
  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".
  14. ^ "Does the Universe Have a Purpose? feat. Neil deGrasse Tyson". YouTube. 27 November 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  15. ^ "Null Island: The Busiest Place That Doesn't Exist".
  16. ^ "Feynman's Lost Lecture (ft. 3Blue1Brown)".
  17. ^ Bell's Theorem: The Quantum Venn Diagram Paradox, retrieved 2020-04-13
  18. ^ Henry Reich. "MinuteEarth YouTube Page". YouTube. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
  19. ^ "Podcasts – MinutePhysics by ScienceAlert". iTunes. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  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.

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