The History of Physics is creating physics videos
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How do we know that nothing can travel faster than light? Or that the world is made of atoms? Who figured that out? How do we know how far away the sun is? And who did that? This series explains not just what we know, but how we know it. From the ancient Greeks to the Higgs particle.

How it works
Each episode currently takes me about three months to create. The best way for you to help speed that process up is to make a pledge that lets me know you value this series.

Sign up for one of the rewards tiers and you will automatically be notified and charged when a new episode is out. And yes, you can set a monthly cap to guard against the possibility that I release 100 episodes in one month!

My philosophy
The trouble with physics documentaries is that they don't explain physics.

They cast their net too wide, and in their zeal to widen their audience, they're forced to water down the subject and shorten their explanations.

You can't explain complicated physics concepts in a five or ten minute segment.

Unable to adequately explain the beauty, simplicity, elegance, and mystery of physics, many documentaries resort to poetic, mysterious-sounding mumbo jumbo as a shortcut to instill wonder and awe in their audience. They leave their audience thinking, "Wow, I'm really excited about that! Those physicists are learning a lot of cool things! But I'm still not sure exactly what..."

The problem is not that the audience is too dumb to understand. And I don't think it's that the subject is too mathematical. The problem is time.

You can't explain complicated physics concepts in a five or ten minute segment.

Not everybody is interested enough in physics to pay attention to a multi-part documentary. That's OK. But some people are.

I believe there's a subset of the population that is intelligent and interested in learning physics. This is my core audience. It might be small, but that's OK. The desire for a large audience is, I believe, what's wrong with physics documentaries. If you're a member of this small group, then my goal is to make videos for you, and I'd ask that you support me in this endeavor.
Tiers
Absolution
$1 or more per creation 1 patron
You are hereby absolved of your guilt for being a freeloader and watching videos without paying. You will also have access to the members-only feed.
Web Page Sponsor
$2 or more per creation 0 patrons
Your name will be listed on the History of Physics web site as proof that you care about the history of physics for as long as you sponsor at this level.
Book worm
$3 or more per creation 0 patrons
You'll have access to the script of any videos that are made while you're sponsoring at this level.
Backward Causation Level
$5 or more per creation 0 patrons
You'll have access to video clips, images and recordings as I create them, even before the videos are finished and released.
Standard Gravity Sponsor
$9.82 or more per creation 0 patrons
Every episode you'll be sent a helpful reminder that the acceleration of gravity on Earth is 9.82 m/s/s, in the form of a credit card bill.
$20 Sponsor
$20 or more per creation 0 patrons
You'll be a member of the elite $20 Sponsor Club.
Video Sponsor
$50 or more per creation 0 patrons
You will be immortalized by having your name listed in the credits of all videos created while you sponsor at this level.
Fine Structure Sponsor
$137 or more per creation 0 patrons
Enjoy months of entertainment by paying an amount of dollars equal to the inverse of the fine structure constant, 1/137! Your video credits will reflect your sponsor level.
Speed of Light Sponsor
$299.79 or more per creation 0 patrons
Know that no one will ever go faster than your donation, when measured in millions of meters per second. Your video credits will reflect your sponsor level.
Electron Sponsor
$511 or more per creation 0 patrons
Your pledge is equal to the mass of the electron in keV. If you prefer the mass in eV, please send me a private message requesting a new $510,998.95 tier. Your video credits will reflect your sponsor level.
Emmy Noether Sponsor
$1,000 or more per creation 0 patrons
You love the history of physics so much, you chose a sponsor level named after an important physicist no non-physicists have ever heard of! Your video credits will reflect your sponsor level.
Goals
$1 of $100 per creation
At $100, I can now tell people that this hobby actually makes money.
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How do we know that nothing can travel faster than light? Or that the world is made of atoms? Who figured that out? How do we know how far away the sun is? And who did that? This series explains not just what we know, but how we know it. From the ancient Greeks to the Higgs particle.

How it works
Each episode currently takes me about three months to create. The best way for you to help speed that process up is to make a pledge that lets me know you value this series.

Sign up for one of the rewards tiers and you will automatically be notified and charged when a new episode is out. And yes, you can set a monthly cap to guard against the possibility that I release 100 episodes in one month!

My philosophy
The trouble with physics documentaries is that they don't explain physics.

They cast their net too wide, and in their zeal to widen their audience, they're forced to water down the subject and shorten their explanations.

You can't explain complicated physics concepts in a five or ten minute segment.

Unable to adequately explain the beauty, simplicity, elegance, and mystery of physics, many documentaries resort to poetic, mysterious-sounding mumbo jumbo as a shortcut to instill wonder and awe in their audience. They leave their audience thinking, "Wow, I'm really excited about that! Those physicists are learning a lot of cool things! But I'm still not sure exactly what..."

The problem is not that the audience is too dumb to understand. And I don't think it's that the subject is too mathematical. The problem is time.

You can't explain complicated physics concepts in a five or ten minute segment.

Not everybody is interested enough in physics to pay attention to a multi-part documentary. That's OK. But some people are.

I believe there's a subset of the population that is intelligent and interested in learning physics. This is my core audience. It might be small, but that's OK. The desire for a large audience is, I believe, what's wrong with physics documentaries. If you're a member of this small group, then my goal is to make videos for you, and I'd ask that you support me in this endeavor.

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Tiers
Absolution
$1 or more per creation 1 patron
You are hereby absolved of your guilt for being a freeloader and watching videos without paying. You will also have access to the members-only feed.
Web Page Sponsor
$2 or more per creation 0 patrons
Your name will be listed on the History of Physics web site as proof that you care about the history of physics for as long as you sponsor at this level.
Book worm
$3 or more per creation 0 patrons
You'll have access to the script of any videos that are made while you're sponsoring at this level.
Backward Causation Level
$5 or more per creation 0 patrons
You'll have access to video clips, images and recordings as I create them, even before the videos are finished and released.
Standard Gravity Sponsor
$9.82 or more per creation 0 patrons
Every episode you'll be sent a helpful reminder that the acceleration of gravity on Earth is 9.82 m/s/s, in the form of a credit card bill.
$20 Sponsor
$20 or more per creation 0 patrons
You'll be a member of the elite $20 Sponsor Club.
Video Sponsor
$50 or more per creation 0 patrons
You will be immortalized by having your name listed in the credits of all videos created while you sponsor at this level.
Fine Structure Sponsor
$137 or more per creation 0 patrons
Enjoy months of entertainment by paying an amount of dollars equal to the inverse of the fine structure constant, 1/137! Your video credits will reflect your sponsor level.
Speed of Light Sponsor
$299.79 or more per creation 0 patrons
Know that no one will ever go faster than your donation, when measured in millions of meters per second. Your video credits will reflect your sponsor level.
Electron Sponsor
$511 or more per creation 0 patrons
Your pledge is equal to the mass of the electron in keV. If you prefer the mass in eV, please send me a private message requesting a new $510,998.95 tier. Your video credits will reflect your sponsor level.
Emmy Noether Sponsor
$1,000 or more per creation 0 patrons
You love the history of physics so much, you chose a sponsor level named after an important physicist no non-physicists have ever heard of! Your video credits will reflect your sponsor level.