How Small Is An Atom? Spoiler: Very Small.

  • Published: 20 January 2015
  • Atoms are very weird. Wrapping your head around exactly how weird, is close to impossible – how can you describe something that is SO removed from humans experience? But then again, they kind of make up everything, so let us try anyways.

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    How small is an atom? Spoiler: Very small


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    How Small is an Atom? Spoiler: Very small.

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    • TZO_Ghoul
      TZO_Ghoul  4 days back

      @Aryan Das but that would a paradox if everything is made up of something smaller, it could go to something infinitely small which is impossible, and would change a lot of the way we see the world

    • Aryan Das
      Aryan Das  4 days back

      @TZO_Ghoul right, u got a good ideology, i even believe that as something is bigger/smaller w.r.t. us, there might be something like a much bigger quark which is made up of Multiverses/universes....?? And maybe there is a universe inside the smallest discovered entity?

    • TZO_Ghoul
      TZO_Ghoul  1 months back

      Wait wouldn't that mean that atoms are not the smallest objects in the universe, since they are made up of quarks? If so that would mean even quarks would have to be made of something even smaller right? But if that is the case it means there would be even smaller things making up the objects that make up quarks? If that makes any sense, also meaning that there could be something in our universe that would be thousands of times smaller then atoms. Now that would be an interesting thought?

    • Aryan Das
      Aryan Das  3 months back


    • Traps
      Traps  3 months back

      @buddyzee is that a Minecraft YouTuber that builds?

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    • urmom notgay
      urmom notgay  2 days back

      side to side comparison: my pp and an atom

      • earth you are here
        earth you are here  2 days back

        we'll finally do some behind scenes and FAQ stuff in the not too distant our...uhm1,0000000 subscriber special

        • Angelo Espada
          Angelo Espada  3 days back


          • AntoniSchmo
            AntoniSchmo  3 days back

            "How small is an atom?"

            *f i l l s r i c e w i t h m o r e r i c e*

            • Junjun
              Junjun  3 days back

              Our ancestors were right to put gold as precious, it even has beatiful atomic configurations

              • The random Tofu
                The random Tofu  4 days back

                hey whats up with the police box in like every vid

                • theresa
                  theresa  2 days back

                  What do u mean

              • earth you are here
                earth you are here  4 days back

                Tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiny. Atom

                • kirby march barcena
                  kirby march barcena  5 days back

                  I got entertained by the animation...yeah.

                  • Hey_Hey43 [Lennex]
                    Hey_Hey43 [Lennex]  5 days back

                    no one:

                    no one in the universe:

                    Kurzgesagt: LeSt'S fIlL a GrAiN oF rIcE wItH rIcE!!11!

                    • Rob Funkhouser
                      Rob Funkhouser  6 days back

                      The problem with viewing atoms and their constituent particles is that as soon as you look at it, the probability of knowing it's exact location changes immediately.

                      • Joseph Peters
                        Joseph Peters  7 days back

                        That spoiler is getting old now..........

                        • Elliot Tian
                          Elliot Tian  7 days back

                          3:29 ur not my real mom lol

                          • Jacob Walcott
                            Jacob Walcott  1 weeks back

                            Hitler during the Normandy landings while all his troops are in Calais 2:04

                            • Shikha Sinha
                              Shikha Sinha  1 weeks back

                              I support these types of channels 🤗

                              • Hardcore Anima
                                Hardcore Anima  1 weeks back

                                I love how this channel give us a notion about the size of so small things

                                • Shreerang Vaidya
                                  Shreerang Vaidya  2 weeks back

                                  When you think about unsubscribing from Kurzgesagt in German: 2:04

                                  • Maikung Xc4y
                                    Maikung Xc4y  2 weeks back

                                    The title was like "How do you live spoiler breathing"

                                    • Eazy E.B.
                                      Eazy E.B.  2 weeks back

                                      I can see atoms

                                      • Pedro Santos
                                        Pedro Santos  2 weeks back


                                        • RJL738
                                          RJL738  2 weeks back

                                          I would guess that the particles of The Standard Model are over 10 Tetrated to 100 times smaller in diameter than The Planck Length.

                                          • Big Smoke
                                            Big Smoke  2 weeks back

                                            To be honest, an atom is bigger than I expected

                                            • Serenity Scratch
                                              Serenity Scratch  2 weeks back

                                              It isn’t. You just aren’t thinking small enough.

                                          • First Name Last Name
                                            First Name Last Name  2 weeks back

                                            I used to have a crush on neutron star, but he's just too dense to realise it.

                                            I'll see myself out

                                            • Peter Müller
                                              Peter Müller  2 weeks back

                                              2:50 Blinkist

                                              • Dawood Haroon
                                                Dawood Haroon  2 weeks back

                                                What is this guys obsession with rice corns?

                                                • s ez
                                                  s ez  2 weeks back


                                                  • s ez
                                                    s ez  2 weeks back

                                                    You scrambled my electrons

                                                    • The rabbit Mujtaba 兔
                                                      The rabbit Mujtaba 兔  2 weeks back

                                                      4:36 I see crash course logo lol

                                                      • Zsuzsanna Berze
                                                        Zsuzsanna Berze  2 weeks back

                                                        When scientists experimented with the atom bomb, they tried to put an extra neutron or proton into the atom core. Where did they get that extra particle from?

                                                        • Die Hard Fan Of Games
                                                          Die Hard Fan Of Games  2 weeks back

                                                          Proton: Yo electron come home.
                                                          Electron: YOU ARE NO MY REAL MOM!

                                                          • imagine
                                                            imagine  2 weeks back

                                                            Basically everything is just energy, some energy values are higher in some places (quantum fields) than others, which is what mass is.

                                                            • First Name Last Name
                                                              First Name Last Name  2 weeks back

                                                              Welp, tell that to proton that only have energy without mass. High energy spaces on quantum fluctuations did not immediately translate to mass. Mass came from the interaction with higgs field

                                                          • MarioMan
                                                            MarioMan  3 weeks back

                                                            2:10 Whoa, Kurzgesagt just became Vsauce right there.

                                                            • Inchara Praveen
                                                              Inchara Praveen  3 weeks back

                                                              how small, very small
                                                              no shit sherlock

                                                              • DudeBro
                                                                DudeBro  3 weeks back

                                                                Hitler: 2:02

                                                                • Micah Watson
                                                                  Micah Watson  3 weeks back

                                                         entire video about atoms and yet not one picture of an actual atom.... 🤔

                                                                  • Román A. Lobo
                                                                    Román A. Lobo  3 weeks back

                                                                    You are going too fast with your explanations & your examples are not too clear understand "how small is an atom"..

                                                                    Everybody knows that they are tiny, but we would like to see other kind of examples.. thank you anyway! I know that your intentions are good!

                                                                    • Zeddicus
                                                                      Zeddicus  4 weeks back

                                                                      A person studying atoms is just a bunch of atoms trying to understand themselves.

                                                                      • Joe Maalouf
                                                                        Joe Maalouf  4 weeks back

                                                                        3:59 and all the atoms off one element are the same

                                                                        Isotopes: Am I a joke to you

                                                                        • C. Gonçalves
                                                                          C. Gonçalves  4 weeks back

                                                                          2:04 when you ask your German girl friend to go out

                                                                          • Mustofa Abdullah
                                                                            Mustofa Abdullah  4 weeks back

                                                                            2:22 easter egg found!

                                                                            • Blackdragon
                                                                              Blackdragon  1 months back

                                                                              He forgot something. Protons neutrons electrons and morons

                                                                              • Zhiqian Du
                                                                                Zhiqian Du  1 months back

                                                                                How Cute Is A Cat? Spoiler: Very Cute

                                                                                • Stef Stylo
                                                                                  Stef Stylo  1 months back

                                                                                  Great video, but your claim that "every atom of an element is the same" is wrong because you ignore the existence of isotopes.

                                                                                  • Qiræ Kwiwi ¿
                                                                                    Qiræ Kwiwi ¿  1 months back

                                                                                    Someone in my class collected a few orbeez in class because someone’s thing broke and he made an atom with it.

                                                                                    • snas the skeltein
                                                                                      snas the skeltein  1 months back

                                                                                      technacly, hydrogen has different isotopes, so not all hydrogen atoms are the same

                                                                                      • SIDDHARTH KABANE
                                                                                        SIDDHARTH KABANE  1 months back

                                                                                        Can I get a video on how does an atom look like

                                                                                        • Jim Keogh
                                                                                          Jim Keogh  1 months back

                                                                                          Kurzesagt: "Every atom of an element is the same"

                                                                                          Isotopes: "Am I a joke to you?"