To begin at the beginning

Well, either the blog is still very new or you worked very hard to find the first post, in any case a little back story is in order.

You Can Science It is a project created by me Jesse Phillips. “Why?” you might ask, well because I noticed a gap in science education/media online. There many great science channels on YouTube like SciShow and MinutePhysics but these kind of channels tend to be quick rundowns of scientific concepts or topics but don’t offer the tools to further the discovery on your own. Veritasium and SmarterEveryday go a bit further and really explore a concept in depth and frequently demonstrate what they learned but  often these experiments require special equipment or knowledge before somebody could try it themselves. Lastly there are the demonstration only channels, these are seldom very popular because the videos are variously too short, too long, poorly produced and or do not explain the science behind what was shown. Into this environment comes You Can Science It.

But how can I have my cake and eat it too? Obviously the aforementioned successful YouTube channels are successful because they simplify the science and cut it up into easily digestible short videos. But this very trait is what makes exploring the science deeply, difficult. The solution is to take it in steps. The YouTube part of You Can Science It will show short(ish) videos that are meant to be entertaining and inspirational while this blog will post the details of the experiments and expand on the science behind what was shown in the video. That way if an experiment doesn’t catch your fancy you aren’t forced to wade through the excess of information but if it does strike a chord you have immediate access to more information and a means to try it yourself.

But why should I make this for you? Because science should be a social affair, not restricted to academia alone. The idea that science can our should only be done by an elite is ludicrous. True, the boundary of scientific knowledge requires a great deal of education to reach but so what. Just because a theory is well established doesn’t mean it isn’t worth doing experiments on. And when you do them yourself you gain a connection with reality and a certitude about Nature you did not posses before. Moreover I hope that You Can Science It grows into a place where amateur, hobby scientists come to share their results and discuss science in general. With Luck it may grow into a community large enough to make the pursuits of science common place in all walks of life.

~Jesse Phillips

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