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April 5, 2024
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Aviva Matan

The Best Science YouTube Channels

Science is thriving on YouTube! 

Gone are the days of dry textbooks and theoretical lectures. Now, curious minds can delve into the wonders of the universe through thousands upon thousands of engaging videos online. 

For brands, partnering with science YouTubers presents a great opportunity for collaboration. Science creators not only educate, but they also have a track record of cultivating a devoted fanbase. Science-related videos also offer the potential for evergreen content as these types of videos can provide answers to timeless questions, with viewers returning again and again for both knowledge and entertainment. 

So, whether you're looking to expand your brand's reach or simply curious about the world around you, we have put together a curated list of some of the best science channels on YouTube today.

1. Kurzgesagt

Animation videos explaining things with optimistic nihilism since 12,013.

Kurzgesagt is German for “in a nutshell”. This channel covers a diverse range of topics, including science, technology, philosophy, and societal issues. Kurzgesagt's videos typically incorporate colorful animations, clear narration, and super thorough research that provides viewers with insightful explanations about a range of topics.

  • Subscribers: 22.1M
  • Lifetime Views: 2.7B Views

Most watched video:

The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do (88 M Views)

2. Vsauce 

Our World is Amazing. 

Vsauce is a popular science brand founded by educator Michael Stevens. His channels cover a wide array of subjects including science, psychology, mathematics, philosophy, gaming, technology, popular culture, and various other general interest topics.

  • Subscribers: 21.4M
  • Lifetime Views: 3.9 B  views

Most watched video:

The Power of Suggestion (89 M Views)

3. Physics Girl

Physics Girl has videos for every atom and eve.

Physics Girl is a YouTube channel created by Dianna Cowern that adventures into the physical sciences with experiments, demonstrations, and cool new discoveries. Physics Girl has videos for every atom and eve.

  • Subscribers: 3.21M
  • Lifetime Views: 399 M  views

Most watched video:

Crazy pool vortex (14 M Views)

4. Numberphile

Videos about numbers and mathematics. 

Numberphile is dedicated to mathematics and its wonders. It features entertaining videos covering various mathematical concepts, puzzles, problems, and discoveries. The channel is hosted by mathematicians and enthusiasts and explores everything from the mysteries of prime numbers to the beauty of fractals, making complex mathematics easily accessible to a wider audience.

  • Subscribers: 4.5 M
  • Lifetime Views: 664 M  views

Most watched video:

The Scientific Way to Cut a Cake - Numberphile (17 M)

5. CrashCourse

At Crash Course, we believe that high-quality educational videos should be available to everyone for free! 

Crash Course was started by brothers John Green and Hank Green who became known on YouTube through their Vlogbrothers channel. Crash Course was one of the hundred initial channels funded by YouTube's $100 million original channel initiative.  Known for their easy-to-grasp explanations, the Crash Course team has produced numerous courses covering topics in organic chemistry, world history, biology, ecology, philosophy, literature and more. 

  • Subscribers: 15.5M 
  • Lifetime Views: 1.9 B  views

Most watched video:

The Agricultural Revolution: Crash Course World History #1 (15 M Views)

6. Simone Giertz

Inventor and breaker of things. 

The brilliant Swedish YouTuber builds “shitty” robots (her words not ours!). Her channel documents her trials and discoveries as she explores the mechanical world and attempts to build a host of different things. 

  • Subscribers: 2.72M
  • Lifetime Views: 183 M  views

Most watched video:

I got to be weightless for 7.5 minutes (14 M Views)

7. Veritasium 

An element of truth - videos about science, education, and anything else I find interesting.

The Veritasium science channel was started by Dr. Derek Muller, a PhD in Physics Education Research. The channel offers a ton of information on a variety of science-related topics, along with demonstrations, interviews, and discussions with the public. 

  • Subscribers: 15.3M 
  • Lifetime Views: 2.5 B  views

Most watched video:

Why Are 96,000,000 Black Balls on This Reservoir? (100 M)

8. Amoeba Sisters

We are two sisters on a mission to demystify science with humor and relevance by creating videos, GIFs, comics, and resources.

The Amoeba Sisters is a YouTube channel started by sisters Sarina Peterson and Brianna Rapini. Their channel focuses on teaching biology concepts at the high school level (and beyond) by humor and illustrated cartoons. The creators have expanded to Portuguese and Spanish channels as well. 

  • Subscribers: 2 M
  • Lifetime Views: 244 M  views

Most watched video: 

Mitosis: The Amazing Cell Process that Uses Division to Multiply! (10 M)

9. MinuteEarth

Science and stories about our awesome planet!

MinuteEarth is a popular YouTube channel known for its engaging and educational animated videos that explore various aspects of science, geography, and the natural world. Created by a team of scientists and animators, the channel covers a wide range of topics in short, digestible episodes, each lasting just a few minutes.

  • Subscribers: 2.8 M
  • Lifetime Views: 458 M  views

Most watched video: 

Why It Sucks to Be a Male Hyena (18 M )

10. Everyday Astronaut

Everyday Astronaut. Bringing space down to Earth for everyday people.

Everyday Astronaut

Tim Dodd, better known as the Everyday Astronaut, fell head over heels in love with spaceflight. On his channel, he shares videos about everything you need to know about space and upcoming and previous rocket launches. 

  • Subscribers: 1.56M
  • Lifetime Views: 221 M  views

Most watched video: 

Starbase Tour with Elon Musk (6 M)

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