To break things up a little bit before starting ‘Ashling’ I decided to share some things again that I think are worth sharing. This time I am going to focus on Youtube, and share some channels that I personally enjoy, admittedly most of them are nerdy, but they are still good fun to watch, and you get to learn something in the process.
The immensely popular Vlogbrothers (http://www.youtube.com/user/vlogbrothers) Hank and John Green have branched out and now (though have for a while) have multiple channels exploring many facets of life. These two channels are dedicated to education. Crashcourse encompasses History and Biology with John and Hank teaching one subject each respectively. Never has there been such detailed explanations of history and biology on Youtube to watch for free! SciShow is dedicated to science and is hosted by Hank, and each week a number of videos are released dealing with various aspects of Science, from new discoveries, famous and important scientists, explaining complex scientific ideas and issues and more. HankGames is also worth a mention, where Hank plays various ‘computer’ games with his friends on camera (http://www.youtube.com/user/hankgames).
This channel is dedicated to explaining complicated issues and rectifying popular misconceptions. If you wonder what the difference between Great Britain and United Kingdom is, or want to know the history of Santa or confused about what exactly is a leap year, then there are videos for you.
Short videos explaining physics in a simple, easy to understand manner. Very informative!
Brady Haran produces a tonne of educational videos on a variety of topics explained by actual scientists, professors and academics. My favourites are Numberphile, Periodic Videos and Sixtysymbols though that is mainly because I just haven’t had enough time to explore them all! Here’s the full list of channels that he produces, some of them are no longer updated (but may be in the future) but still contain a wealth of knowledge. New videos are added basically every week (normally a couple a week for most channels).
- http://www.youtube.com/periodicvideos (Chemistry stuff)
- http://www.youtube.com/numberphile (Numberphile – Numbers and Maths)
- http://www.youtube.com/DeepSkyVideos (Space stuff)
- http://www.youtube.com/nottinghamscience (Science and behind the scenes)
- http://www.youtube.com/foodskey (Food science)
- http://www.youtube.com/BackstageScience (Big science facilities)
- http://www.youtube.com/favscientist (Favourite scientists)
- http://www.youtube.com/bibledex (Academic look at the Bible)
- http://www.youtube.com/wordsoftheworld (Modern language and culture)
- http://www.youtube.com/PhilosophyFile (Philosophy stuff)
- http://www.youtube.com/user/sixtysymbols (Sixty symbols – Physics, explanation of different scientific symbols)
And finally, a non-educational channel (though there are many more channels that I would like to share, but there are too many and not enough time). If you thought classical music was for old people, well think again. Seriously, it is time to have a new view on classical music, they are highly popular, and their music is inspirational, emotional and world-class. Haven’t been around for very long (only a year) but already have broken into the top 200 most subscribed channels! Not only is their music amazing, but their videos are stunning and beautiful. Take a look and a listen, you won’t regret it.
Tomorrow is when ‘Ashling’ with start, there will be much to discuss!