Metric Paper

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David Rees:

  • "Mathemagical" Gotta use that term sometimes

    LateLate10 minuuttia sitten
  • The problem I have with physics is that it is hard to visualise how tiny (or grand) certain topics are. When I learnt about it in school it would always be "Oh, an atom is 0.15x10^3 nm wide" which just sucks. But videos like this really help me and reignite my interest in science. So thank you Grey, should you see this

    NaClNaCl11 minuuttia sitten
  • Anyone can give me the link to his discord. I would very appreciate that.

    BruhBruh26 minuuttia sitten
  • I just wanted to learn about paper.

    Ruby Likes Sonic 2Ruby Likes Sonic 234 minuuttia sitten
  • aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    Roddy PoonRoddy Poon38 minuuttia sitten
  • i feel helpless after this

    Roddy PoonRoddy Poon39 minuuttia sitten
  • Hello Grey, today I came up with 2 ways of finding the ratio of a perfect circle with: the surface area, a calculator*, and a ruler. Even though the first one would only be applicable in maths worksheets. 1) Take the surface area provided and square root --> divide by Pi. This works because PiR^2 = Surface Area of a Circle 2) Using a ruler, draw a line of an even number, making sure not to go near where you think the middle is; then draw a line perpendicular to the midpoint and divide *that* length by 2. Stay safe :)

    Nathan AtkinsonNathan Atkinson50 minuuttia sitten
  • Hey Vsauce! CGP here

    Random TTM UwURandom TTM UwU59 minuuttia sitten
  • I read the comments about profound existencial crises before watching and thought it might be a joke I get it now.. i see

    Luiz FeitosaLuiz FeitosaTunti sitten
  • So a A4 sheet is a base 2 measurement system? Programmers must love it!

    GrandsomeGrandsomeTunti sitten
  • Just another everyday existencial crisis

    plmoo ngmsplmoo ngmsTunti sitten
  • What did I just watch? My brain is somewhere on Mars now...

    -MARTITO--MARTITO-Tunti sitten
  • That was amazing! Our galaxy was a bit laughable which is a shame but this is still so great!!

    chari Muvillachari MuvillaTunti sitten
  • This just pisses me off more that we dont use metric us in, or everywhere. It is a much more practical and intuitive system that I think would allow your brain to work faster. Sure you get used to imperical, but you could get used to metric much faster and then build an even stronger intuitive understanding. Like, 3/8 or 13/16

    Joseph GoliberJoseph GoliberTunti sitten
  • Was not ready for that.

    Mark RaahaugeMark RaahaugeTunti sitten
  • CGP Graysauce

    Jesse BeattieJesse Beattie2 tuntia sitten
  • This could not be more awesome. Thank you CGP Grey.

    dahemacdahemac2 tuntia sitten
  • dudeee thats to deeep

    Kesa TheCroKesa TheCro2 tuntia sitten
  • That was not depressing at all... 😒

    TimmyTimmy2 tuntia sitten
  • mathmagicle - grey 2021

    Random Thing YTRandom Thing YT2 tuntia sitten
  • Being CGP Grey sounds exhausting. Imagine grabbing a piece a paper then suddenly having a scientific existential musing about its shape.

    Drew JeffersonDrew Jefferson2 tuntia sitten
  • this started as a video about paper what am i watching

    Andreas TokicAndreas Tokic2 tuntia sitten
  • How to give someone an existential crisis

    Anime FanAnime Fan2 tuntia sitten
  • "Powers of 2", the sequel to "Powers of 10"

    Tim PortantnoTim Portantno2 tuntia sitten
  • what you clicked on: an interesting look on how a4 works and why it is beautiful, what you got: exactly that and a touch of nihilism based on the complete irrelevance that describes your species.

    NarabedlaNarabedla2 tuntia sitten
  • Say sike right now!

    No Memes 4 YouNo Memes 4 You2 tuntia sitten
  • I didn't know that postal papers in other countries were not metric.

    BobingBobing2 tuntia sitten
  • oh, it's gonna be one of THOSE videos

    Will TowersWill Towers2 tuntia sitten
  • soooooo is that place you chose to be the center of the paper your location or one you chose at random or for some reason? cooooos if its the first option, not a very wise decision. if its an easter egg, then one such as i am too lazy to find out LD

    XaracenXaracen2 tuntia sitten
  • "If you want to fold an A4 sheet, first you must invent the universe." - Carl Sagan ?

    RFC3514RFC35143 tuntia sitten
  • I came to learn about paper and came out with a crippling understanding that everything is nothing and nothing really matters in the grand scheme of everything. I'm gonna go lay down now.

    John BallJohn Ball3 tuntia sitten
  • This video has been in my recommended forever and I avoided watching it because I was afraid it would be exactly what I expected it to be and now I watched it and it is

    Mihai MeraMihai Mera3 tuntia sitten
  • Hey! SO i saw your how to become a british Monarch video, and i wanted to request a video on how to become the Khalifa / caliph

    MorsviiMorsvii3 tuntia sitten
  • That was such a betrayal

    Christian John ArgallonChristian John Argallon3 tuntia sitten
  • Arigato... Gyro...

    FerbFerb4 tuntia sitten
  • omg stop this man

    IceKingIceKing4 tuntia sitten
  • ***my brain when stoned, visualised***

    októoktó4 tuntia sitten
  • This is all about a peace of perfect paper.

    Blaze The dogoBlaze The dogo4 tuntia sitten
  • Has Exurb1a taken over the channel or why am i feeling existential dread?

    nilsiblnilsibl4 tuntia sitten
  • So i came for some cool paper facts and left with my mind being broken

    Ha3msterHa3mster4 tuntia sitten
  • Reality pixel

    AdamantAdamant4 tuntia sitten
  • A0 is not exactly 1 sq.m, it's 0.999949 sq.m. but close enough, I guess. It would have to be a perfect square to be exactly 1 sq.m

    GD1082GD10825 tuntia sitten
  • I didn't get even halfway to the video and I thought: "Yeah, this is a cult".

    Pamela VelezPamela Velez5 tuntia sitten
  • I constantly feel like he’s gonna hypnotize me

    Chat BaiterChat Baiter5 tuntia sitten
  • aahhh yes the golden ratio

    Kaitlyn Allard-WatsonKaitlyn Allard-Watson5 tuntia sitten
  • I imagine there is an alien version of gray somewhere in the universe blowing other alien minds

    Jonc The DrawerJonc The Drawer5 tuntia sitten
  • I thought this was about paper

    rhyleymasterrhyleymaster5 tuntia sitten
  • This video is a Trojan Horse for existential dread

    Gabriel CabelloGabriel Cabello5 tuntia sitten
  • This reminds me of Powers of Ten

    OneSneakyBoi GamingOneSneakyBoi Gaming5 tuntia sitten
  • Welp, if we can't explore all of that, then we might as well explore everything we can in our tiny yet simultaneously vast little fishtank

    Noah JordanNoah Jordan5 tuntia sitten
  • Y'all be having a extentensial crisis meanwhile I'm just going "Oh! Golden Ratio!"

    Disposable Storm TrooperDisposable Storm Trooper5 tuntia sitten
  • So what would be the A4 of hexagons?

    NematrecNematrec5 tuntia sitten
  • Are you telling me I'm supposed to sit down to study after this?

    Adam BorgAdam Borg5 tuntia sitten
  • You have received Enlightenment from the nameless gods I can see with true clarity that I would bow down to you

    Dead insideDead inside5 tuntia sitten
  • Dear native English speakers. How do you differentiate between words sheet and sheet(or beach\bitch, slut\slot) if they spoken? I mean sometimes it sounds in same way.

    Paul SoloPaul Solo5 tuntia sitten
  • I actually did not know that there is that much to plain metric paper.

    MarkusMarkus5 tuntia sitten
  • Right uncle grey can you now finally teach me how to make that paper plane?

    Gautam DubeyGautam Dubey5 tuntia sitten
  • Finding the ratio for the paper was given as an exercise by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, an algebra student of his came up with 1:sqrt(2). However, printers had used it before, they probably found it by trial and error.

    FlovusFlovus6 tuntia sitten
  • I loved all your videos except that. It made me feel sick and dizzy

    Ibrahem AhmedIbrahem Ahmed6 tuntia sitten
  • I will never look at A4 paper the same again.

    GenFox 1GGenFox 1G6 tuntia sitten
  • According to the comments i should count myself lucky to have been distracted during the second half of this video

    SpyquiSpyqui6 tuntia sitten
  • First minute: Pretty interesting Everything after that: Well what a waste of fucking time. I didn’t click on this video to get a star trek lesson

    Jack BoydenJack Boyden6 tuntia sitten
    • I don't care whether or not you got any value out of the video, but why "star trek"?

      LünkelLünkel35 minuuttia sitten
  • So... what's the point?

    HugeWolf1HugeWolf16 tuntia sitten
  • How did I not know that paper to do this ??? *runs to store for paper intensifies*

    PantherPanther6 tuntia sitten
  • i never knew that vsauce is actually grey! or grey is actually vsauce?

    Refanie Fajrina SalmaRefanie Fajrina Salma6 tuntia sitten
  • Wonderful video:)

    Paul GrafPaul Graf7 tuntia sitten
  • I came here for some neat information and I left with an existential crisis.

    The WorldsmithThe Worldsmith7 tuntia sitten
  • Cool. Now we know exactly where Grey lives on a map

    Diego3KeDiego3Ke7 tuntia sitten
  • That was way too deep

    Mohommed Ayaan GhughariaMohommed Ayaan Ghugharia7 tuntia sitten
  • This is just the music video for Gas - Microscopic but animated, like pretty much exactly 🤔

    sorlag110sorlag1107 tuntia sitten
  • Reminds of the video powers of ten, revisiting it's idea through the lense of metric paper is very cool!

    Maxim D.Maxim D.7 tuntia sitten
  • mam this is wendys

    itstacoitstaco7 tuntia sitten
  • Sir... This is a wendy's

    Joseph Kyle LavariasJoseph Kyle Lavarias7 tuntia sitten
  • Grey: I have to be careful not to dox myself in a sheet sizes video

    BLVGaming / Y1000BLVGaming / Y10007 tuntia sitten
  • How to push someone to suicide in 9 minutes.

    Darth Vader but way shittierDarth Vader but way shittier7 tuntia sitten
  • "But the humble bumble has an engineering problem." "Everything and everyone he loves is just an electron cloud."

    EagleGames95EagleGames957 tuntia sitten
  • 🐝

    Rituranjan ShrivastwaRituranjan Shrivastwa8 tuntia sitten
  • More sane vsause..

    CL0WNCL0WN8 tuntia sitten
  • I was expectcing the Golden Ratio, but I got something else

    Kato ShuuKato Shuu8 tuntia sitten
  • This is the paper I've used my entire life and have known this fact since I was about 4, how does everyone not know about metric paper?!

    Mia AndersonMia Anderson8 tuntia sitten
  • 😳

    Mr MaskMr Mask8 tuntia sitten
  • Just a few divisions down of the Metric Paper, you'll see that, the Mitochondria really is the Powerhouse of the cell.

    Reedman07Reedman078 tuntia sitten
  • "Mathmagical" -CGP Grey, 2021

    A.H.S.A.H.S.8 tuntia sitten
  • "Infinity itself looks flat and uninteresting. Looking up into the night sky is looking into infinity - distance is incomprehensible and therefore meaningless."

    MarserplayconMarserplaycon9 tuntia sitten
  • i have BG6

    Patek ChoromaPatek Choroma9 tuntia sitten
  • This started with a piece of paper.

    elllukellluk9 tuntia sitten
  • Now Destiny Lore has more meaning than ever!!!

    Francisco JFrancisco J9 tuntia sitten
  • Me in the middle of an existential crisis: “ahhh, CGPGrey published a video, gotta watch it!” I regret my past decisions

    Vipera74Vipera749 tuntia sitten
  • what the f-ing

    Chitraansh Popli.Chitraansh Popli.9 tuntia sitten
  • g o l d e n r e c t a n g l e

    LowResolutionLowResolution9 tuntia sitten
  • How dare you degrade the geometric beauty of origami/origami paper

    ONKONK10 tuntia sitten
  • i dig the off-brand version of Echoes this video has for background music

    zzyzx00zzyzx0010 tuntia sitten
  • Thank tou for teaching me this gyro

    KiraKira10 tuntia sitten
  • What I learned from this video : . . . . . . . . . . . You are from UK

    Oukkal YacineOukkal Yacine11 tuntia sitten
  • they should use the same ratio for computer monitors

    Sebastjans SlavitisSebastjans Slavitis11 tuntia sitten
  • woah heheh, neat.

    Guesswho the IntrovertGuesswho the Introvert11 tuntia sitten
  • Love the homage to powers of ten, but while I also love the simple beauty of the golden ratio in metric paper, with any rectangular piece of paper if you halve it once vertically and then diagonally again you arrive back at the original ratio, exactly 1/4 of the original size. In other words, there is nothing inherently unique about the metric paper format here when it comes to being able to exponentially change your frame of reference from sub-molecular to intergalactic scales which makes the segue from it to the powers of ten montage somewhat forced - You could have just as well done that part with any size paper.

    JohannesMPJohannesMP12 tuntia sitten
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    david rabdavid rab12 tuntia sitten
  • I was hoping for some interesting talk on metric paper. Instead, I got insulted on size scales that I couldn't be bothered to try and comprehend.

    Kevin GierachKevin Gierach12 tuntia sitten
  • if you multiply it by graham's number you can reach some alternate universes

    Tester AccountTester Account12 tuntia sitten