Crash Course History of Science Preview


Quick question…
what is stuff?
Maybe that’s too big.
Fine, how about this one…
Where are we?
Like, all of us, Earth, the solar system,
the galaxy… where the heck are we?
These questions are kind of a starting point
for the scientific method and have been asked
by thinkers for a long time.
They’re questions that not only make us
try to find answers, but make us think about
How we find answers.
I’m Hank Green and for most of my life I’ve
been obsessed with questions, answers, why
we ask questions, and how we get those answers.
To that end, ever since we started making
Crash Course I’ve wanted to make a series
about the History of Science.
AND NOW I GET TO DO IT!
If we look at that first question I asked,
“what is stuff”: while physicists will
say that stuff is made of atoms, and atoms
are made of quarks and leptons, we still don’t
know, like… why quarks exist.
Or why there appears to be far more matter
in the universe than we can account for.
Which is… weird!
And we don’t have the answers yet.
But, we use a method to get at the answers.
A method that we’ve been developing for
many centuries.
The Scientific Method.
This series is going to be our chance to explore
that method’s development through the ages.
From people like Aristotle and Plato and their
schools/cults, to the Mauryan empire and how
they tied science and religion to practical
things like irrigation.
The pre-industrial world is full of science
and people trying to answer big questions.
Both because they were fascinated and because
they wanted to… not die.
But we won’t stop there.
Modern history is full of us expanding our
knowledge and coming up with new answers to
age old questions.
Making planes fly, the discovery of DNA, the
space race, and yes… unfortunately a few
bombs, have all opened new doors to our understanding
of what stuff is and where we are.
So please, join me this year as we look at
the storied, messy, and amazing history of
humans figuring stuff out, here on Crash Course
History of Science.

60 thoughts on “Crash Course History of Science Preview”

  1. I love the Crash Course videos and the attendant community. One thing is missing though, and itโ€™s the same thing I found wanting when I took some online college courses: Live interaction! I think one of the most important things a college campus can offer IRL is the opportunity for impromptu meetings, clubs, events, etc. I know there are some Nerdfighter meetups, but for those of us who donโ€™t have one nearby, are there recommended guidelines for starting one? What other ways might there be offline activities to accompany CC and other Complexly-related channels? Think BIG! Maybe you can start Complexly University!

  2. Thank you SO much! I have searched "History of Science" in every search engine I could and always, to no avail. Looking forward to learning something new today, your channel never fails to impress. Keep up the fantastic work!

  3. Hi! Can i make some requests? (I love this channel, yay learning, etc)
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  4. I still think that the reason for the Matter that People cannot Find is because Einstein was Right.

    We should think of Space as a Fabric.
    Not as some sort of Empty Room.

    We aint Floating in Empty Room.
    Space is a fabric and thus contains Matter.

    Dark Matter is not some sort of Magic stuff floating in Space and escaping our grasp.
    Dark Matter is the matter of Space itself.
    Which we literally move inside without noticing it because we dont have any ways to actually reach a point where we are outside of it and thus could actually make the difference clear.

    But well thats just my small Theory on this ๐Ÿ˜›
    Who knows what the Future will uncover xD

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  6. CrashCourse Theater is over so I'm back here. Watching all. Will comment again on the 39th/last video on the playlist. See you then.

  7. There are (currently at the time of this comment) 66 thumbs down on this video. Why would someone dislike Hank bringing a little science into their lives?

  8. Do they go over Penicillin? If so what episode? Alexander Fleming discovery is so important and fascinating!

  9. Has the internet made life better or worse? That question may be still up for debate, but Crash Course is certainly a good example of the internet at its finest!

  10. I just graduated today and wanted to say thank you and Crash Course!! You definitely helped me pass so many of my classes throughout the years. Xoxox

  11. just wanna ask something..if atom is the smallest particle of a matter then how about the three subatomic particles? why arent they the ones who are considered as the smallest one since they are subatomic particles?

  12. Hank, I'd like to see something on either Kelvin or the concept and pursuit of absolute zero. If you have done that, please provide the link.

  13. Watching this series for the second time. Loving it!

    I have a suggestion; Crash Course History of Philosophy?

    Thanks!

  14. I am very glad to have encountered this CrashCourse videos on the THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE. Rest assured that as a teacher I will make a full use of it. Thank you for this very handy resource material. I wish to affect my own students with the energy and excitement you have over the subject. Greetings from the Campus of Mindanao State University, Marawi City, Philippines!

  15. I like to thank my Instructor in STS for introducing this awesome videos for me. As a future Sciences teacher I will make it useful this videos for me and to my future students.

  16. This is exciting. I'm starting to love watching it thanks to my instructor, Ma'am V, for recommending it to us.

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