What Is (Almost) Everything Made Of?

Published 2023-12-15
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Written by Colin Stuart
Check out his fantastic astronomy newsletter here: colinstuart.substack.com/

Edited and Animated by the legend Manuel Rubio - ‪@ArtandContext‬
Narrated by David Kelly
Thumbnail art by Ettore Mazza: www.instagram.com/ettore.mazza/?hl=en
Sound Editing by Craig Stevenson
Further Art by Joseph Ioseliani
Animations by the superb Jero Squartini www.fiverr.com/share/0v7Kjv
and Rami Dahouk (Using Manim - MITLicense, (c) 2020-2023 3Blue1Brown LLC)
Huge thanks to Prof. Derek Leinweber for his visualisations at www.physics.adelaide.edu.au/theory/staff/leinweber…

Galaxies, space videos from NASA, ESA and ESO.
Music from Epidemic Sound, Artlist, Silver Maple And Yehezkel Raz.
Stock footage from Videoblocks, Artgrid and Shutterstock.

Further Image Sources:


00:00 Introduction
04:31 Rise Of The Field
16:28 The Quantum Atom
30:35 Quantum Electrodynamics
45:21 Quantum Flavordynamics
57:46 Quantum Chromodynamics
1:11:37 Quantum Gravity

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