Science Made Easy

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Youtube used to be a space mainly for entertainment but lately, people are watching videos to learn.

One of these educational sources is “Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell” (pronounced ‘kurts-guh-zaakt’), a Germany-based science Youtube channel with over 18 million subscribers.

But don’t mistake this channel for a typical Science lesson that bores viewers with discussion of the periodic table.

With its eye-catching visuals, smooth narration, and an engaging story, the team at Kurzgesagt are masters at sparking your curiosity and inspiring you to learn more.

Here’s why you should watch Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell.

It answers your wildest questions and discusses the craziest situations

Kurzgesagt which roughly translates into “in a nutshell,” is famous for its crazy what-if? Scenarios like what would happen if we nuked the moon? Or what if the Earth got kicked out of the solar system?

When you’re ready to be humbled, hop over to “The Existential Crisis Playlist” and understand how small you are in the grand scheme of the universe and learn that a million cosmic events can destroy the Earth at any time.

Or just discover the ongoing Ant War beneath our ground. It’s up to you!

The channel makes it easier to understand Science

It’s a balancing act choosing which information cut and which to keep:

“We need to find metaphors and stories that capture the true nature of things as much as possible, while using a language that our brains can deal with.”

Imagine discussing topics like wormholes, black holes, and string theory in a way that everyone can understand.

Which is why “Kurzgesagt - In A Nutshell” is praised for how well the people behind it explain such complicated ideas simply; through stories audience can follow along in a language that makes sense to everyone.

You can trust it for correct information

Each video takes over 1,200 hours from conceptualization to uploading the video on Youtube. After deciding on a topic, the writers gather books and research papers and come up with a script—which can take anywhere from a few weeks to years to complete.

At every step, they consult with scientists and experts to review and fact-check that the team got it right. Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell focuses on quality over quantity and ensures that the team behind it is doing all they can to be accurate.

Its visual is accurate

“Kurzgesagt - In A Nutshell” has a distinct art style, inspired by various minimalist flat designers. This vector style art, combined with clever animation, creates an eye-catching visual which keeps viewers interested.

Its mascot, the Duck or “birb” as fans affectionately call it, features in almost all their videos as an astronaut, a scientist, an explorer, or whatever needed. It is also very cute and endearing.

The team behind the channel is not afraid to make mistakes

The team at “Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell” prides itself on its factual accuracy and reliability as a source of information; but, like any human, can make mistakes once in a while.

One of its videos titled “Addiction” was criticized for presenting a complicated and divisive subject as having one simple answer and not conducting further research.

Instead of deflecting blame, “Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell” took responsibility and publicly acknowledged that a mistake was made.

“Addiction” was taken down from the channel despite being one of its most popular videos.

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