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Hosted by Derek Muller
Genre Education, Science
Language English
Length 2-12 minutes per video
Original release January 2011 – present
Provider YouTube

Veritasium is an English-language educational science channel on YouTube created by Derek Muller, a physicist, in 2011. The videos range in style from interviews with experts, such as 2011 Physics Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt,[1] to science experiments, dramatisations, songs, and—a hallmark of the channel—interviews with the public to uncover misconceptions about science. As of 3 June 2017 the main channel has 228 uploads, 4,190,804 subscribers and 355,612,243 total views; the secondary channel, 2Veritasium, has 43 uploads, 480,094 subscribers, and 14,386,119 total views.[2] His third channel, Sciencium, was created to be dedicated to science videos, and currently has 4 uploads, 264,462 subscribers and 1,931,863 total views.[3]


Veritasium videos have received critical acclaim. At Science Online 2012, “Mission Possible: Graphene” won the Cyberscreen Science Film Festival[4] and was therefore featured on Scientific American as the video of the week.[5]

A video debunking the common misconception that the moon is closer than it is was picked up by CBS News.[6]

Two early successful Veritasium videos demonstrate the physics of a falling Slinky toy. The videos explain the following: when a slinky is held dangling vertically and then released, it can be observed in slow motion that the bottom end does not begin to move until the entire slinky has collapsed, making it look as if the slinky was defeating gravity (i.e. floating). This counter-intuitive phenomenon inspired a wealth of media coverage, including the Toronto Star,[7] NPR,[8] and a segment on the BBC show QI.[9] Muller also created a segment on the topic for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation show Catalyst.[10]

Muller has a second and a third channel, 2veritasium, which he uses for things such as behind-the-scenes footage and for communicating with viewers,[11] and Sciencium, his newest channel, which is a channel dedicated to discoveries in science.[12]


The name "Veritasium" is a combination of the Latin word for truth, Veritas, and the suffix common to many elements, -ium. This creates "Veritasium", an element of truth, a play on the popular phrase and a reference to chemical elements.


  1. ^ Derek Muller (October 23, 2011). "Physics Nobel Prize 2011 - Brian Schmidt". YouTube. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ "1veritasium YouTube Stats, Channel Statistics -". Retrieved 2017-02-18. 
  3. ^ "Sciencium YouTube Stats, Channel Statistics -". Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  4. ^ Carin Bondar (January 24, 2012). "Winners of the Cyberscreen Science Film Festival at Science Online 2012". Scientific American. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ Bora Zivkovic (January 25, 2012). "Video of the Week #27 January 25th, 2012". Scientific American. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ Will Goodman (February 23, 2011). "Guy asks "How far away is the Moon from Earth?"". CBS News. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  7. ^ Lesley Ciarula Taylor (September 27, 2011). "The secret truth behind a dropping Slinky". The Toronto Star. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  8. ^ Robert Krulwich (September 11, 2012). "The Miracle Of The Levitating Slinky". NPR. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Just The Job". QI. Season 10. Episode 18. BBC. 
  10. ^ Adam Collins (April 19, 2012). "Slinky Drop". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  11. ^ Muller, Derek. "2veritasium – About". YouTube. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  12. ^ Muller, Derek. "Sciencium - About". YouTube. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 

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