How to debunk perpetual motion machines

with Tom Scott

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Have you seen those YouTube videos showing working perpetual motion machines? They’re fake. Tom Scott helps us explain how to debunk them.

Have you seen those YouTube videos showing working perpetual motion machines? They’re fake. Tom Scott helps us explain how to debunk them.


Perpetual motion machines are tantalising. Videos of contraptions claiming to have achieved the impossible goal of endless free motion rack up millions of views on YouTube. But they’re not real. Perpetual motion machines violate the fundamental laws of our universe. In this video, we teamed up with YouTuber Tom Scott to provide three simple ways to debunk persistent claims of perpetual motion: a guide to protect you from the bunk.



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Engineering, Maths, Talking Science

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Published:
2016
Filmed:
2016
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