Ciro Santilli
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Videos of all key physics experiments | 🗖 nosplit | ↑ parent "The most important projects Ciro Santilli wants to do" | 435

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It is unbelievable that you can't find easily on YouTube recreations of many of the key physics/chemistry experiments and of common laboratory techniques.
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Experiments, the techniques required to to them, and the history of how they were first achieved, are the heart of the natural sciences. Without them, there is no motivation, no beauty, no nothing.
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School gives too much emphasis on the formulas. This is bad. Much more important is to understand how the experiments are done in greater detail.
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The videos must be completely reproducible, indicating the exact model of every experimental element used, and how the experiment is setup.
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A bit like what Ciro Santilli does in his Stack Overflow contributions but with computers, by indicating precise versions of his operating system, software stack, and hardware whenever they may matter.
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It is understandable that some experiments are just to complex and expensive to re-create. As an extreme example, say, a precise description of the LHC anyone? But experiments up to the mid-20th century before "big science"? We should have all of those nailed down.
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We should strive to achieve the cheapest most reproducible setup possible with currently available materials: recreating the original historic setup is cute, but not a priority.
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Furthermore, it is also desirable to reproduce the original setups whenever possible in addition to having the most convenient modern setup.
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Lists of good experiments to cover be found at: the most important physics experiments.
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This project is to a large extent a political endeavour.
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Someone with enough access to labs has to step up and make a name for themselves through the huge effort of creating a baseline of amazing content without yet being famous.
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Until it reaches a point that this person is actively sought to create new material for others, and things snowball out of control. Maybe, if the Gods allow it, that person could be Ciro.
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Tutorials with a gazillion photos and short videos are also equally good or even better than videos, see for example Ciro's How to use an Oxford Nanopore MinION to extract DNA from river water and determine which bacteria live in it for an example that goes toward that level of perfection.
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The "Applied Science" YouTube channel by Ben Krasnow does well in that direction: it deals with materials, chemistry, microscopy, electronics. Uber practical, well described setups deep science stuff, he is awesome and has been at Google since 2016: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ben-krasnow-6796a94/
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