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The Zipf Mystery

The Zipf Mystery

Hey, Vsauce. Michael here. About 6 percent of everything you say and read and write is the “the” – is the most used word in the English language. About one out of every 16 words we encounter on a daily basis is “the.” The top 20 most common English words in order are “the,” “of,” …

Bitcoin: How Cryptocurrencies Work

Bitcoin: How Cryptocurrencies Work

Say there’s a coin that’s currently worth hundreds of U.S. dollars, but it’s not made of gold, or platinum, or any precious metal. In fact, it’s not the kind of coin you can hold in your hand or stick in a piggy bank. It’s a digital currency, which means it only exists electronically. I’m talking …

But how does bitcoin actually work?

But how does bitcoin actually work?

What does it mean to have a bitcoin? Many people have now heard of bitcoin, that’s it’s a fully digital currency, with no government to issue it and no banks needed to manage accounts and verify transactions. That no one actually knows who invented it. Yet many people don’t know the answer to this question, …

A History Of Robots

A History Of Robots

[MUSIC PLAYING] [COMPUTER BEEPING] [CAMERA CLICKING] All right. [INAUDIBLE] That’s it? Go get me some models, OK? OK. Why are you in a robot costume? (ROBOT VOICE) Robots are cool. I thought we agreed no more robot costumes. (ROBOT VOICE) Does not compute. [ROBOT NOISES] You know what? We were going to do a playlist …

The math problem that stumped thousands of mansplainers

I hate math, but there’s this statistics problem that has me geeking out. It’s a question that seems really really simple but it’s stumped me. And not just me, it has stumped thousands of people around the world including math professors and leading statisticians.But before we dive in I’m going to introduce you to Zachery …