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The Man Who Killed Millions and Saved Billions

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Veritasium

Veritasium

4 ай бұрын

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Veritasium
Veritasium 4 ай бұрын
Let's use chemistry for good! If you want to offset your carbon emissions I will personally cover the first month of your subscription at ve42.co/Wren (for the first 100 people to sign up)
Kristjan Tiits
Kristjan Tiits 2 ай бұрын
there are many people who are willing to pay for "Farts in a Jar". I see no reason to give it to you for free.
Philip Sheppard
Philip Sheppard 2 ай бұрын
i have started to research carbon emissions and it seems that we are too focused on this "niche" greenhouse gas, whereas we should really be focusing on looking at alternative reasons for global warming. It would appear that temperature is a result of things like sun spot activity and CO2 levels reflect the higher temperatures. What I seem to be reading is that CO2 levels lag the temperature (correlation) and are not causal in nature. I would really like a scientific debate on this issue. Any comments to make on this? For instance for the 4 decades before 1970 temperatures were plummeting and scientists of the day were actually WORRIED about these lower temperatures. How does one explain those 4 decades of lowering temperatures, given that we were outputing vast amounts of man-made CO2?
David Greus
David Greus 2 ай бұрын
@W yes you do.
Sid lepoisson
Sid lepoisson 2 ай бұрын
If you are a real chemist you know this "carbon agenda" is nonsense.
Daemon Silver
Daemon Silver 3 ай бұрын
Wanting to reduce your carbon is dendrophobic.
History Dose
History Dose 4 ай бұрын
It feels like so many discoveries simultaneously make the world better and scarier
VK
VK 2 ай бұрын
Every action has an equal and opposite reaction seems to apply to everything in the world, really
I N
I N 3 ай бұрын
There was a reason THE HEBREW GOD said to let the land rest on the 7th year. Exodus 23: 10 - 11 and Levitacus 25: 18 - 22.
Zeeshan Sheikh
Zeeshan Sheikh 3 ай бұрын
@Jesus Saves! Before Jesus did everyone go to hell?
Jesus Saves!
Jesus Saves! 3 ай бұрын
@Tiara Roxeanne You deceive yourself, you are not a Christian. You quite literally said you're reporting the message of God's works and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You're against God's children and not filled with the Holy Spirit. You know not God or his word. Matthew 24:14 KJV 14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. Jesus tasked all his children to spread his Gospel. Spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ is what we do, for you to be against such a thing and claim to be a Christian... I need not say more.
Tiara Roxeanne
Tiara Roxeanne 3 ай бұрын
@Jesus Saves! You are spamming. I'm a Christian and you give Christians a bad name. I'm reporting you.
Hoparistic
Hoparistic 2 күн бұрын
I had to do a report of the effects of overuse of nitrate fertilizer in Nebraska and how sick people are getting there from pollution of the groundwater. Turns out his best invention can still be bad.
KAT
KAT 2 ай бұрын
“During peace time a scientist belongs to the World, but during war time he belongs to his country.” - Fritz Haber
Amit Jha
Amit Jha Күн бұрын
“Peace can be brought upon with understanding, not by force” - Albert Einstein’ reply to this statement
polkunus
polkunus 12 күн бұрын
@Benni a hero to fascism.
yes yes
yes yes 12 күн бұрын
@Bettersucksaul It is still not seen the same way as chemical weapons. Though bombs today are antiquated and missiles are all the rage today.
Bettersucksaul
Bettersucksaul 12 күн бұрын
@KAT He didn’t get to live long enough to watch his products be used to kill millions of his own people. Maybe then he’d regret it a little more
Bettersucksaul
Bettersucksaul 12 күн бұрын
@yes yes What makes you think people don’t hate bombs??
Lukas Karl
Lukas Karl 2 ай бұрын
“He was so caught up with the fact that he could, he never stopped to think whether he should” - Dr Ian Malcolm
Ian Janson
Ian Janson 16 күн бұрын
@John L Shilling what is a pretty dumb application for a movie linefrom a made up doctor?
John L Shilling
John L Shilling 17 күн бұрын
Pretty dumb application of a movie line, made by a make believe "Dr"...
Lukas Karl
Lukas Karl 24 күн бұрын
@Ian Janson my mum had the hots for him too ;)
Ian Janson
Ian Janson 25 күн бұрын
My mom named me Ian because of that character.
Lyrics Assam
Lyrics Assam 25 күн бұрын
@Ian McGuire how is this cringe...your existence is cringe
Yaqub Ahmed
Yaqub Ahmed Ай бұрын
In the high school year many of us were taught this Haber- Bosch process. But to know the historical tale of it is very satisfying and chilling at the same time. Thanks veritasium for enlightening us.💕
Rathina Sabapathy
Rathina Sabapathy 25 күн бұрын
@ant the last dinosaur taught it to me . His name is Rex ( my chemistry teacher )
ant
ant Ай бұрын
@Hank J. Wimbleton king khufu of ancient egypt taught that to me when we were building the pyramids
Hank J. Wimbleton
Hank J. Wimbleton Ай бұрын
@M I taught that to myself on a stone tablet in 4500 BC
M
M Ай бұрын
@Eric Williams I taught that to myself as an infantil
Sheesh
Sheesh Ай бұрын
@Eric Williams that's right I remember teaching you in class. You were such a such smart kid.
daanish dan
daanish dan 4 ай бұрын
As Isaac Asimov once said, “The saddest aspect of society right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom."
🌘KIKUSUI🌠
🌘KIKUSUI🌠 Ай бұрын
its because of international Jewry.
J_sr
J_sr Ай бұрын
knowledge without values is a weapon of mass destruction.
joosniz
joosniz 2 ай бұрын
20:38 The quadrillion dollar question. Technology has ever increasing potential of improving life for all, as well as dooming us. But it's not the ingenious inventors that are to blame entirely; problem solving is fundamental to our existence. As long as people exist, so too will the drive to solve the issues we are faced with, even if they cause untold catastrophies. Steadfast we head towards singularity, all the way hoping we'll live past this precipice. Perhaps we will see a magnetic storm, of proportions so epic that we'll never reach it. Time will tell which way it goes, assuming we're still around when it does.
Ray Beez
Ray Beez 2 ай бұрын
Autism and cancer rates have gone up exponentially since petroleum based fertilizer
Ray Beez
Ray Beez 2 ай бұрын
Offset fortune 500 companies like Tyson foods first, then like the begging priest you are, ask me.
Scarlet Evans
Scarlet Evans 3 сағат бұрын
I really like what you ask at 20:35 . Other question that we can ask now could be: What to de do with the current AI development? AI can, within a matter of hours, easily create more biological and chemical weapons than a human did over the last century and half. AI could help in development of super viruses and bacteria that could be even more deadly and dangerous than these chemical weapons. How do we progress with that danger in mind??
Ivaylo Ivanov
Ivaylo Ivanov Ай бұрын
As a kid of 90s, born and raised in Bulgaria, I remember my father plant tomatoes, cucumbers and other veggies, so I clearly remember that he mixed soil with farm chicken poo, add water and that was more than enough to grow those vegetables. And honestly that was the tastier veggies I ever eat.
Tej Singh
Tej Singh 6 күн бұрын
I have eaten real organic meals in East Africa every day for 2 weeks. There is no comparison with the crap we have in the west. Once you've tasted real meat and veg you'll know how we're being screwed.
someguy147
someguy147 6 күн бұрын
Иво я прати няколко домата
Ozymandias
Ozymandias 10 күн бұрын
@Jin Raigami they cant feed a large population though
CEKO
CEKO 12 күн бұрын
Да сме живи и здрави
Anna-Flora
Anna-Flora 29 күн бұрын
@Jin Raigami and they're fewer. Way fewer.
ChillieChips
ChillieChips 18 сағат бұрын
am i the only one who is worried about what his kid had to through?
Lucky Stranger
Lucky Stranger 2 ай бұрын
He is the example of a person who wants to help everyone the best it can, without much control of the rest
gladitsnotme
gladitsnotme 22 күн бұрын
More like an example of a naive FOOL
Prime number Buster
Prime number Buster 4 ай бұрын
Derek you should also do one for Max planck. His life is also very tragic but very few knows about it.
DiekeDrake
DiekeDrake 2 ай бұрын
Yes please. I don't know about this person.
BrionDaLion
BrionDaLion 3 ай бұрын
OP comment should be a pinned comment, and there needs to be a video. Planck's life was yes....very tragic, depressing...sad. Yet almost no one knows about him, and the only things most people know about him, is the Planck constant & Planck length
I N
I N 3 ай бұрын
There was a reason THE HEBREW GOD said to let the land rest on the 7th year. Exodus 23: 10 - 11 and Levitacus 25: 18 - 22.
Tamburi Mitidava
Tamburi Mitidava 3 ай бұрын
@zumabbar I was, too... no worries there
Sumit Dwivedi
Sumit Dwivedi 3 ай бұрын
@watchdogbypass your comment is overrated
1HundredP
1HundredP 3 күн бұрын
Much appreciated!
Tyler Stookie
Tyler Stookie Ай бұрын
They say knowledge is a curse. I learned so many things from this, and it left me in indescribable mixtures of joy and sadness. Thanks, Veritasium, unironically, for shaking up my perception on life in this world, once again. I write this, by the way, as your final segment of your video, touches on this exact theme. ...You're a cool guy; I like you. At least, it's nice to know I'm not alone.
ima_bread
ima_bread 22 күн бұрын
Is he a villain, no Is he a Hero, no He is history
Stephen Denis
Stephen Denis 12 күн бұрын
and you are bread
CrookedAligator
CrookedAligator 14 күн бұрын
@Jeff Davis gru gets to the best of us
Jeff Davis
Jeff Davis 21 күн бұрын
No, he was just a guy who liked to watch despicable me every once in a while so what???!!!!!?
Balázs Adorjáni
Balázs Adorjáni 2 сағат бұрын
Father of toxic gas and chemical warfare His dark creation has been revealed Flown over no-man's land, a poisonous nightmare A deadly mist on the battlefield
Barbasli
Barbasli 57 минут бұрын
SABATOOOOON
M Sachin
M Sachin 4 ай бұрын
The truly poetic irony in this story for me is the fact that Haber, who created the deadly yet indispensable nitrogen compounds, was awarded the Nobel Prize, created by Alfred Nobel to try and do good after inventing dynamite, which killed his own brother. Edit: People have pointed out that the invention of dynamite was after his brother died, so I stand corrected there, but I feel like my original point still stands since dynamite was also a compound that came with great progress and simultaneous evil
J K
J K Ай бұрын
Your point was "poetic irony" which was based on a false fiction. Just delete the erroneous comment.
CreeperTNT
CreeperTNT Ай бұрын
@Daryl Cheshire you're welcome
Helghast7
Helghast7 Ай бұрын
Haber was Jewish? Zyklon B was a delouser how was it used to kill?
I N
I N 3 ай бұрын
There was a reason THE HEBREW GOD said to let the land rest on the 7th year. Exodus 23: 10 - 11 and Levitacus 25: 18 - 22.
Miles
Miles 3 ай бұрын
Zyklon B was never used for the latter it was used to kill off lice.
gayan de silva
gayan de silva 2 күн бұрын
one of the best video i ever watched ❤‍🔥❤‍🔥
Walter White
Walter White 2 күн бұрын
Im doing this for my history day project as a frontier
Cenimosity
Cenimosity Ай бұрын
What happened to him was truly devastating, he was fired by the government he helped, and the government he helped massacred millions of people from the religion he believed.
FJ
FJ 4 күн бұрын
I was taught about Fritz Haber in Chemistry when our class covered equilibrium reactions and favorable product formations. This man is the reason everyone on this planet is alive today. Ammonia is the most important and widely recognized industrial compound in the world.
Bruno Credidio
Bruno Credidio 4 ай бұрын
I've done part of my PhD in the Fritz-Haber-Institut. It's weird to imagine that the experimental hall where I've spent so many nights doing a bit of science was once crowded with people focused on how to kill more efficiently....
Dao_Tui
Dao_Tui 7 күн бұрын
@Saumya Vig Then we need to condemn EVERYONE from the history books right now... Let's start with you for calling me a dumbass instead of trying to have a civilized conversation. But I guess that is too much for your brain to handle. Bye
Saumya Vig
Saumya Vig 8 күн бұрын
@Dao_Tui aint nobody canciling dead ooga booga man, you need to calm down. If he can be celebrated then he can also be condemned, thats not what cancel culture is dumbass
Saumya Vig
Saumya Vig 8 күн бұрын
@howtorawk he shouldnt be glorified just reported.
yes yes
yes yes 26 күн бұрын
@Raingram I don't see the fuss with gas weapons, from what it sounds like, Fritz chose a pretty "painless" way to kill using chemicals, I know for a fact there are some gasses he could have used that would have been literal torture, and if you would survive you'd be permanently disfigured. To me it is no different than bombs or artillery shells, perhaps not as bad as those since a Bomb will blow you to bits, and an artillery shell will likely rearrange your insides. I've heard conflicting information about drowning, some say it is calming and peaceful, others say their lungs burnt and it was painful. Either way I think if I had the choice between the two, It'd probably be hard for me to find the difference in suffering between bleeding to death with a bullet in my chest, or drowning in mucus.
To Jog or Not to jog
To Jog or Not to jog 28 күн бұрын
@Tiara Roxeanne the wrong cause cause you say so? You feel like it?
Gany Baba
Gany Baba 2 ай бұрын
This is what KZpost should be all about. One of the best documentaries I have seen till date. You earned a subscriber
Moschetti Flavio
Moschetti Flavio Ай бұрын
I had already read this story avidly long ago, and I must say that I was very impressed. at first glance, I could only think about the fact that we cannot categorize people based on their actions alone; in Haber's time nationalist patriotism was very marked, and it was not possible to withdraw from its influence. Moreover, any kind of scientific invention or application can be used both for peaceful purposes and for monstrous crimes, such as atomic energy for bombs and power plants, such as Alfred Nobel's explosives intended as an aid in mining work who improved worker's safety but that became a disruptive war weapon (Nobel himself engaged in the production of war material, which earned him a lot of criticism that led him to institute the homonymous award that instead exalted the good that science and knowledge could create, a documentary for this character would be interesting ). Some report that Fritz Haber was not at all impressed by his wife's suicide, but some touching letters show the opposite; he was certainly not the cold and inhuman man as many have portrayed him.
kokroucz
kokroucz Ай бұрын
it ends with some of the most beautiful words about science I have ever heard. That's why apprecieate and truly respect what Derek does. Thank you for all those years
Martina
Martina 14 күн бұрын
As soon as I read the title of this video my mind immediately went to Sabaton's latest single called "Father", which tells the story of Fritz Haber...an amazing track about a very interesting yet conflicting historical figure.
Karin Swenson
Karin Swenson 4 ай бұрын
This video is incredibly well made. I found myself fully immersed into Haber’s story and I didn’t even notice 20 minutes had gone by.
Unlock my videos with 1k subs
Unlock my videos with 1k subs Ай бұрын
Same here, really well made
I N
I N 3 ай бұрын
There was a reason THE HEBREW GOD said to let the land rest on the 7th year. Exodus 23: 10 - 11 and Levitacus 25: 18 - 22.
Mauler
Mauler 3 ай бұрын
@1CE not sure how leaving a skipable ad at the end of a video is a bad thing. He wants to at least get some money for his efforts
kyle butler
kyle butler 4 ай бұрын
I read this comment, watched the video, then was shocked to re-read the comment and find it was 20 mins.
jubayer alam
jubayer alam 4 ай бұрын
Yeah for sure
howard baxter
howard baxter 2 ай бұрын
Congrats Derek, you are about to see a spike in views from Sabaton’s newest single. You will experience something that only history KZpostrs have experienced before.
howard baxter
howard baxter Ай бұрын
@Growskull and what’s wrong with “dumb history stuff”. They found a niche and decided to stick with it because it set themselves apart. And a lot of people appreciate it, especially countries like Poland and Finland.
howard baxter
howard baxter Ай бұрын
@Growskull no emotion? Ballad of Bull? Flanders Fields? Treaty of Versailles? Lifetime of War/En Livstid I Krig? Christmas Truce? Those songs and several others, are riddled with emotion and are very interesting.
it’s.called.a.hustle.sweetheart
it’s.called.a.hustle.sweetheart Ай бұрын
@Growskull history can be an emotional topic. nothing dumb about that.
Growskull
Growskull Ай бұрын
@The_ Coveted_One yeah but theres more ways to learn about it than man children larping with boring instrumentals behind it that all sound the same
The_ Coveted_One
The_ Coveted_One Ай бұрын
@Growskull "it's about dumb history stuff" history repeats itself, if we don't see the past, it will hit us in the future
Hoparistic
Hoparistic 2 күн бұрын
Why did this get age restricted?!
Timothy Kahil
Timothy Kahil 2 ай бұрын
Veritasium is easily one of my favourite youtube channels, thnk you for your creative, entertaining and informative videos Derek you are a treasure
Jobo
Jobo Ай бұрын
i usually don't like these kinds of videos, but something about it pulled me in. I loved every second of it, thank you so much for making it
Asish Reddy
Asish Reddy 4 ай бұрын
Who knew a paragraph in our chemistry textbooks mentioning Haber’s process had left out so much rich history, euphoria and sadness. Thank you veritasium for telling us such amazing stories.
Arin Mehta
Arin Mehta 2 ай бұрын
@Marii Nito u gave a bad example neet jee etc uh they want u to grind ur chemistry books until uk every word so yeah it's not that good
I N
I N 3 ай бұрын
There was a reason THE HEBREW GOD said to let the land rest on the 7th year. Exodus 23: 10 - 11 and Levitacus 25: 18 - 22
Rintu
Rintu 3 ай бұрын
@Marii Nito well in india teachers make students wrote learn stuff.
Lohith Reddy
Lohith Reddy 3 ай бұрын
Exactly lol remember studying about habers process in 9th grade
Абдулла аль-Ашмави
Абдулла аль-Ашмави 4 ай бұрын
"The Jews say: "Allah's hand is tied up." Be their hands tied up and be they accursed for the (blasphemy) they utter. Nay, both His hands are widely outstretched: He giveth and spendeth (of His bounty) as He pleaseth. But the revelation that cometh to thee from Allah increaseth in most of them their obstinate rebellion and blasphemy. Amongst them we have placed enmity and hatred till the Day of Judgment. Every time they kindle the fire of war, Allah doth extinguish it; but they (ever) strive to do mischief on earth. And Allah loveth not those who do mischief." Quran translation verse 64 sura Al.ma'idah ,
Bubble
Bubble Ай бұрын
"Father of toxic gas and chemical warfare" who gets that reference?
Isa Abdullahi
Isa Abdullahi 2 ай бұрын
Hello Derek, amazing video as always. Can you do a video on the history of Fermat's last theorem and the solution by Andrew Wiles? Your unique method of making videos and deep scientific knowledge would make it outstanding. Give it a thought. Thanks alot for all you do for science
Bread Pitt
Bread Pitt Ай бұрын
I studied Haeber's process in so much detail in school, but I was completely unaware of the story behind it. It feels weird to know it now
Mohamed Swaray
Mohamed Swaray Ай бұрын
I love ❤️ the chemistry side of your video, it really amazed me how he was able to come up with that brilliant idea that benefits the world today.Chemistry is my favourite in science.
dogboy0912
dogboy0912 3 ай бұрын
I learned about this guy during an ethics in science class I had to take in college. One man encapsulating our highest highs and lowest lows as a species.
Stranger
Stranger 23 күн бұрын
Meanwhile Thomas Midgley : Am I a joke to you?
yes yes
yes yes 26 күн бұрын
@King Manny I suppose you should condemn those who developed nuclear weapons, even though they invariably saved several hundred thousand, if not millions of deaths to starvation from eventual blockading of Japan, or the fierce defense of the home islands and a disastrous amphibious invasion. He was not a sadist that wanted to torture people, if he was, he could have definitely chosen some different gasses... His goal was ultimately provide an edge for his own nation to come out victorious in a war. Considering what the Allies did to Germany after they lost WW1, It shows you how badly some nations can screw over another.
To Jog or Not to jog
To Jog or Not to jog 28 күн бұрын
@Renan Felipe dos Santos depends on the one wielding the gun
To Jog or Not to jog
To Jog or Not to jog 28 күн бұрын
@Don T. Ripfüller oi vey
Zam014
Zam014 Ай бұрын
@taserrr that’s Nikola Tesla
Lightning
Lightning 25 күн бұрын
what i find really interesting is the amount of discoveries made by war, like imagine the discoveries made in metalwork during medieval wars when blacksmiths were constantly trying to mare better weapons and armour and how discoveries don't catch on when they solve a problem or benefit us in some way
TheOne Bman
TheOne Bman 6 күн бұрын
War is the driving force of science and technology throughout human history From arrows to the internet, most of what we treasure today and has built our civilizations was originally made for the purpose of war and harming
Martin Wright
Martin Wright 2 ай бұрын
He actually may have helped end the war. By routing nitrogen to arms, that increased the shortage of food in Germany. This led to riots and eventually German soldiers mutinying. When an offense would break through allied lines, it immediately halted because the German when crazy looting all the food (and booze) they found.
Jeff Benton
Jeff Benton 10 күн бұрын
That animation of Haber smiling over that one drop of fertilizer precursor was so wholesome. (admittably, the knowledge gleaned from the title of the video - that he'd later kill some people, put a damper on the gleefulness of that scene, but it was still a great scene, and the whole story is important).
someguy147
someguy147 6 күн бұрын
It kinda looked like a South Park character's mouth
BadWebDiver
BadWebDiver 2 ай бұрын
The animation segments in this story are top notch!
Pen and Paper Science
Pen and Paper Science 4 ай бұрын
"He is probably one of the most impactful and tragic scientists of all time." Those two often go hand in hand, curiously.
Bill Williams
Bill Williams 19 күн бұрын
@8koi Spot on ... the choice is ours
Bill Williams
Bill Williams 19 күн бұрын
@Stan Leery Knowledge will pass
I N
I N 2 ай бұрын
@odibex you must work for YT. Are you that sensitive? You know people will see your comment and laugh at you. You only bring this upon yourself. That is why people need to think before they speak. GOD BLESS....
odibex
odibex 2 ай бұрын
@I N "you cared enough to pay attention" I didn't claim otherwise. I also "care enough to pay attention" if someone shoves me in front of a train, or shortchanges me. "It's not spam when truth is spoken" no, sorry. truthfulness is not a determiner of whether something's spam or not. you need to review YT's polices. "there is a reason TV ( to tell a vision ) is called programming." I'm just going to go back and report your spam posts. they violate YT's policy.
I N
I N 2 ай бұрын
@odibex you cared enough to pay attention. It's not spam when truth is spoken. I'm just trying to get you out of the sleep the world is in. There is a reason TV ( to tell a vision ) is called programming. Wake up before it is too late. JOHN 3:16.
Dylan Katz
Dylan Katz 13 күн бұрын
this is the most touching, interesting, and all around most well done video you’ve ever made.
Will Hovell
Will Hovell 2 ай бұрын
Generally interesting, though the troops facing the German Empire in 1915 were those of the Entente not the 'Allies'. The first unfortunate victims were French colonial troops. My Great-grandfather Morgan Miles died after WW1 as a result of Imperial German army gas attacks. The British whilst responsible for concentration camps ,and the French the first to launch chemical attacks. It took the Germans to initiate ariel bombing of civilians ( Zeppelin and Gotha bombers) coastal bombardment of civilians, industrial scale gas attacks, and later flying bombs and rockets to attack civilians. So say nothing of the industrial slaughter in the extermination and concentration camps of WW2. The rationale of improved slaughter wasn't valid when used by Maxim ( machine gun) or Alfred Nobel ( high explosives) as a way of' saving lives ' . Einstein was just as much of a patriot ( pacifist) , and later Germany was fortunate not to be the victim of the Nuclear bomb developed by Einstein in the US with British, Canadian, Danish and exiled German Jewish scientists. Nuclear weapons did prevent war for many decades , as British traitor Malita Norwood claimed ( the spy that came in from the Co-Op) . What a nasty species is Humankind 😔
Internet User 73
Internet User 73 Ай бұрын
It may be a bit of a reach but I feel Haber's wife Clara had more of a hand in his works than let on. In her letter she stated "the more Haber gained the more she lost" might not be only be limited to his attention to her but the work that they may have possibly done as Chemists. As a chemist herself she may been deeply involved in Haber's work than was shown hence her guilt and suicide by shooting herself in the lungs when chlorine gas was used. But hey this is just a theory
Junaid Ahmad
Junaid Ahmad 13 күн бұрын
I am a huge fan of the channel but we can't just "regard him as irrelevant...because someone else would have figured out a way to process Nitrogen out of the air". Someone else would have figured out the Earth goes around the sun (Copernicus). Someone else could have found Laws of Motion (Newton) and someone else would have figured out how electricity and magnetism works (Maxwell) and so on and so on. These people give their whole lives up for science and it would be disrespectful of us to simply regard them as irrelevant.
Duujon
Duujon 4 ай бұрын
It always amazes me how Veritasium can tell you about fascinating topics that you didn't even know existed. After every video I feel like I can understand the world at least a tiny bit more.
Dr Sii Gabb
Dr Sii Gabb 2 ай бұрын
@Jesus Saves! So Zeus, then.
DIRECT IMPACT
DIRECT IMPACT 2 ай бұрын
@Fred Werza food is important than anything else.
Laxmi Narayan Bhandari
Laxmi Narayan Bhandari 3 ай бұрын
@I N shut up
I N
I N 3 ай бұрын
There was a reason THE HEBREW GOD said to let the land rest on the 7th year. Exodus 23: 10 - 11 and Levitacus 25: 18 - 22
Laxmi Narayan Bhandari
Laxmi Narayan Bhandari 4 ай бұрын
@Jesus Saves! Shut up. There is no God up there or down here.
The First Curse
The First Curse Ай бұрын
Learning things about base elements and chemicals bore the everloving hell out of me, but this was interesting. As soon as you said Zyklon-B, my heart sank.
chikkenbonz
chikkenbonz 2 ай бұрын
7:53 A lesser-known invention by Haber was the "Opti-Grab"...a spectacle accessory that Steve Martin tried to take credit for nearly 75 years later with a similar design.
Tommy k.
Tommy k. Ай бұрын
Great storytelling, with a lot of care handling the complexity of that matter. Sometimes chemistry and history fused with elegance. 👌
Desolazione Italica
Desolazione Italica 2 ай бұрын
16 ATP molecules (some of them broken even to AMP) to break a single N2 molecule reducting it into 2 NH3... That is an insane amount of energy for sure!! Enzymes and enzymatic complexes never stop facinating me.. Perfectly tuned, most of them specific for 1 reaction with precise compounds, sometimes kinda modular with the ability to switch the acceptor site to apply the reaction to another compound.. nanomechs written in our DNA able to catalyze reactions which would normally require a high temperature and low pH enviroment in macroscopic conditions. They make possible highly exotermic reactions inside our biological enviroment splitting them into multiple steps catalyzed by multiple enzymes. And even when they can do mistakes, there always is an error correction system (example: DNA Polymerase). Sorry guys, i went too far with this
SkyVolt
SkyVolt 4 ай бұрын
When i studied chemistry, we were taught this story. The professor went into explicit detail of the horrors of chemistry. He did this to explain that our knowledge is what we do with it. And hopes we use it for good.
The Yoten
The Yoten Ай бұрын
@Ali Science, and especially chemistry is power. With great power...
Crafty Cooperative
Crafty Cooperative Ай бұрын
Nitrogen fertilizer is killing our oceans
I N
I N 3 ай бұрын
There was a reason THE HEBREW GOD said to let the land rest on the 7th year. Exodus 23: 10 - 11 and Levitacus 25: 18 - 22.
Ernie Frijole
Ernie Frijole 4 ай бұрын
@Max Lübeck Everybody always thinks God oughta be on their side. Gott mit uns!
Max Lübeck
Max Lübeck 4 ай бұрын
@Ernie Frijole Doesn't matter who wrote it. It portrays him targeting groups of people.
Andy Johnson
Andy Johnson Ай бұрын
There is an amazing book called The Alchemy of Air that tells the story of him and struggles during the war and after her his death. I recommend it. Edit: The book also explains how he was able to extract gold from sea water in a secret lab on a cruise ship, but it was not profitable 'at the time'. Who knows how today's technology could be successful with getting gold out of seawater.b
Dylan Crichton
Dylan Crichton Ай бұрын
The chemical inventions he created made him heroic in a way for how useful they were, the people that utilised his chemicals however turned him into a villain.
Chuck Oneill
Chuck Oneill Ай бұрын
My maternal grandfather fought in WWI. He survived being gassed, but was left with long term health problems.
Sicao is dead
Sicao is dead 2 ай бұрын
Honestly this video, and the one about Thomas Midgley Jr, are absolutely brilliant. I like most of his videos, but those two especially, bringing light to people I had no idea about. Just great.
Isidro Williams
Isidro Williams 4 ай бұрын
Who knew a paragraph in our chemistry textbooks mentioning Haber’s process had left out so much rich history, euphoria and sadness. Thank you veritasium for telling us such amazing stories.
I N
I N 3 ай бұрын
There was a reason THE HEBREW GOD said to let the land rest on the 7th year. Exodus 23: 10 - 11 and Levitacus 25: 18 - 22.
Tiara Roxeanne
Tiara Roxeanne 3 ай бұрын
@Isidro Williams Science teacher should assign their students to watch videos like this. It gives life to otherwise traditionally boring subjects.
jshowa o
jshowa o 4 ай бұрын
A chemistry book isn't designed to teach you history
Hafnium Half-life
Hafnium Half-life 4 ай бұрын
Yes, I wouldn't know about the rest until I was well out of university, studying Chemistry.
062_Vivek Pandey
062_Vivek Pandey 4 ай бұрын
@Raja Parameswaranwhere i can find more such stories if anyone know, any show,sereis,or yt chnnel .....already watched cosomos
Paul Staker
Paul Staker Ай бұрын
I'm sure in Huber's mind, he solidly believed what he did was the right and moral thing. Feed the people, end the war. Can't hate him for that. Everyone in his shoes would've done the exact same thing. Everything happens as they are set to happen. The stone rolls downhill.
Tommy Truong
Tommy Truong 2 ай бұрын
I love the message at the end. It doesn't matter what is produced or invented. The importance is HOW we handle it.
Nicolas Dujarrier
Nicolas Dujarrier 24 күн бұрын
So far, I really, really love those Veritasium science videos and how well made they are !!! Thanks very much to all the Veritasium team for all the good work 👍
Adelia P
Adelia P 9 күн бұрын
This might be the best youtube videos ever exist. For me who knows absolutely nothing about it, this video is mind blowing. And the way they deliver the information is very easy to understand. Good job Veritasium 👍
wcf312
wcf312 3 ай бұрын
No one fits the saying, "you either die the hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.", better than this man, Fritz Haber.
Abhijit Pathak
Abhijit Pathak 13 күн бұрын
Are all Germans like this?
I Smellmandude
I Smellmandude 16 күн бұрын
Leibniz and Newton inventing calculus is another. I would say that back then random important discoveries by individual scientists was much more common (rubber, microwaves, etc.). Nowadays the low-hanging fruit is much less common.
I Smellmandude
I Smellmandude 16 күн бұрын
It's not naive, it's an ideal. I think it's OK to have that ideal while realizing nobody is perfect in reality.
E Nsk
E Nsk 19 күн бұрын
A patriot is worse than a killer.
Shishir Tanwar
Shishir Tanwar Ай бұрын
He's always a hero for his own country, no matter how bad you paint him. Just that Britain & friends were not that good. (They were doing it too BTW) Whenever something in the world goes bad for this group of countries, the other side is called a villain. Which is quite pitiful if you ask me. Also, you can never blame scientists, they just discover/research things. Things can be used in good or bad way. So I think your quote is not applicable at all.
Football Scouter
Football Scouter Ай бұрын
He wasnt right, he wasnt wrong. The world he lived in was different from the one we live in today, and if he was american / english / french, and did this against the nazis, he would be regarded as a hero.
Will M
Will M 2 ай бұрын
Well done! Love Wren! I either contribute to Wren or do projects like I did this spring, insulated my daughter’s house 😊 feels good ❤️
Jacks Bob
Jacks Bob Ай бұрын
Thank you Sir Haber. The rest of the modern world owes everything to you.
David Contreras
David Contreras Ай бұрын
Loves the conclusion question at the end... really smart stuff, how do you keep the process of creating value from facts... Here morality turns into something truly transcendent here
Dipling. Pitzler
Dipling. Pitzler 4 ай бұрын
Funny how being identified as a patriot or a villain only depends on which side you were on. Fritz Haber a villain but Richard Feynman ,Robert Oppenheimer defined as patriots just as all the unnamed scientists nowadays working for big military tech companies. I would love to watch Veritasium telling the story of the man/woman or team who developed Agent Orange.I suppose it also depends on if your weapons were used to defend and promote democracy or not.
I N
I N 3 ай бұрын
There was a reason THE HEBREW GOD said to let the land rest on the 7th year. Exodus 23: 10 - 11 and Levitacus 25: 18 - 22
Danyel Nicholas
Danyel Nicholas 4 ай бұрын
@Brett Peebles he started the apocalypse. Arrogant, stupid, Wagnerian fantasies...
Fghtrfrm
Fghtrfrm 4 ай бұрын
@Marcos Burgos just by the name I can tell Oppenheimer was german too (or at least from german descent)
Exgrmbl
Exgrmbl 4 ай бұрын
@thezfunk "promote democracy" is the american go-to to explain and rationalise any and all military escapades they might be having.
hemanth sai
hemanth sai 4 ай бұрын
Chemists are villains, physicists not.
Gen Rodriguez-Garcia
Gen Rodriguez-Garcia 2 ай бұрын
Love your video! And yes, I was happy on the discovery that saves humankind, but sad and angry on the use of it on war. Just a thought, can ammonia or ammonium nitrate be fuel for electricity? :)
Bill Williams
Bill Williams 20 күн бұрын
Already been tried
Debasish Ray Chawdhuri
Debasish Ray Chawdhuri 2 ай бұрын
It is easy to judge someone's character from today's moral standards. Many people would do exactly the same thing in his position. Yesterday one of my profs said that Newton was a bad person because he was the superintendent of the Mint of England and he used to hang people for counterfeiting currency. But it was 1750, the punishment for basically anything was death.
bunnyfrew
bunnyfrew 2 ай бұрын
So well done. Thanks for this. I was totally immersed!
Freakin Nightmare
Freakin Nightmare 2 ай бұрын
Learned both history and chemistry. Thank you for this video :D
ElementalMaker
ElementalMaker 4 ай бұрын
Another worthwhile little note, it's quite possible that it was his research that killed him. In the process of making nitrates from ammonium, nitrogen dioxide is formed. One long term effect from exposure to nitrogen dioxide is cardiac arrest. It can happen years or decades after exposure, and I imagine he was exposed to quite a bit developing his process.
I N
I N 3 ай бұрын
There was a reason THE HEBREW GOD said to let the land rest on the 7th year. Exodus 23: 10 - 11 and Levitacus 25: 18 - 22.
Cralix
Cralix 3 ай бұрын
Many scientists died by there work
Satevo
Satevo 3 ай бұрын
good
J M
J M 3 ай бұрын
@wavematrix Chemistry is so troublesome, that I wouldn’t be surprised to find out it is the great filter. And that somewhere down the road someone will discover how to make the thing that kills us all with no warning.
Suzanne Knight
Suzanne Knight 3 ай бұрын
Same with Marie Curie and Uranium.
Gneisenau
Gneisenau Ай бұрын
A long ago in eastern Prussia Young men with great ambitions rise So who can tell me who can say for sure Which one will win the Nobel Prize? It was a golden age for science The kaiserreich would hold the key And as the conflict came and tensions rose The manifest of the 93 Haber-Bosch, the great alliance Where's the contradiction? Fed the world by ways of science Sinner or a saint?
Gran Capitán
Gran Capitán Ай бұрын
Father of toxic gas and chemical warfare His dark creation has been revealed Flow over no mans land, a poisonous nightmare A deadly mist on the battlelfield
greenscarab2
greenscarab2 2 ай бұрын
What a good story that was so informative. We should be really worried about global warming.
Erwin Fernando
Erwin Fernando 2 ай бұрын
"You either die a Hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the Villain" i think this line fits him so much.
Jericho Rosales
Jericho Rosales 2 ай бұрын
Copied
Wilhelm Nurso
Wilhelm Nurso 2 ай бұрын
This video is very well done. As much as I find you personally unsympathetic I have to say, you are creating good content.
z3phyr z3p
z3phyr z3p 4 ай бұрын
Wow! This should be shown in every school. The combination of so many subjects explained in a relatable and understandable way is extremely eyeopening. Imagine a day where you watch this video and discuss it in different classes: chemistry, history, biology, ethics, physics. You could even relate it to art with painters like Otto Dix. I think that's what's missing a lot at ordinary schools: A tangible well connected story, making one understand why this knowledge is important and useful. Great work, Veritasium-Team!
Limemill
Limemill 15 күн бұрын
At the same there’s this point I recently heard that made me think: with education getting ever so entertaining, students stop developing a habit of actively seeking knowledge by going through multiple, often very boring sources. So, later in life people are not capable of truly investigating things methodically, which creates all sorts of issues, including the ever increasing polarization we see today that is partially due to people not having that experience of almost inadvertently finding a lot of nuance in any topic they would want to examine
Bill Williams
Bill Williams 20 күн бұрын
here we go again.. wasnt Fritz Haber a student too at one time?
I N
I N 3 ай бұрын
There was a reason THE HEBREW GOD said to let the land rest on the 7th year. Exodus 23: 10 - 11 and Levitacus 25: 18 - 22
Muhammad Keshavarz
Muhammad Keshavarz 4 ай бұрын
I studied this in chemistry in school
john pijano
john pijano 4 ай бұрын
It's taught in schools. High Schools and Universities
Calvary Assembly of God Southington CT
Calvary Assembly of God Southington CT Ай бұрын
Very well done. Excellent narration and illustration my friend!
MalevolentJester
MalevolentJester Ай бұрын
Father of toxic gas, and chemical warfare His dark creation has been revealed Flow over no man’s land, a poisonous nightmare A deadly mist on the battlefield “Perversions of ideals of science” Lost words of alienated wife And in the trenches of the western front Unknowing soldiers pay the price And on the battlefield they’re dying And on the fields the crops are grown So who can tell us what is right or wrong Maths or morality alone?
Nicolas Girard
Nicolas Girard Ай бұрын
Thanks a lot ! Very good content as usual. Keep it on!
AutMinRich
AutMinRich 2 ай бұрын
Yeah, that's a very good question and one of the main issues of philosophy of science. When I was lecturing first year's I was introducing students to the concept of technological determinism and its implications. I was using two examples of technologies, one very simple the other a bit more complex (a hoe and the internet). I used these two technologies (very far apart from each other) to show students how any technology is just a tool and it's up to the humans handling it if it's used for good or bad purposes. A hoe can till the soil to grow food or can crack a skull open, the internet...well, we see that every day the goods and bads of it. So I was actually proving determinism wrong: you simply can't decide the uses and purposes of a technology, it's the users that will make sense of a technology that will decide if it's good or bad. Check also Fermi, Oppenheimer & co. Thanks for the excellent videos you keep making
Rob
Rob 15 күн бұрын
That's the point, thanks. You can use a knife to cut bread or to stab someone. I hate people that therefore demand a full stop of science and progress. What is way more important: education, secular altruism and sceptical reasoning.
Humble Narrator
Humble Narrator 3 ай бұрын
This is a perfect illustration from human history showing how "gray", or nuanced, the world really is. Great video and message, thank you.
Connor Senier
Connor Senier 3 ай бұрын
Pretty ironic that an extreme example (black and white) is what it takes to show how grey the world really is!
I N
I N 3 ай бұрын
There was a reason THE HEBREW GOD said to let the land rest on the 7th year. Exodus 23: 10 - 11 and Levitacus 25: 18 - 22.
ChefGiovanni
ChefGiovanni 3 ай бұрын
Lucky this was suggested by KZpost, we did not know you existed. Time to cook.
SpaceManMat
SpaceManMat 7 күн бұрын
What I found interesting about his idea that he could help win the war and save lives, this is exactly the rationale used when developing the atomic bomb.
Aryan
Aryan Ай бұрын
Ending remarks were amazing. Thank you for making this video!
JuicyBingBoy
JuicyBingBoy 2 ай бұрын
In my opinion after watching the video, Haber was himself. He wanted the best for his country and the world. He was a creator of life and death simultaneously.
Ksenia
Ksenia Ай бұрын
Incredible storytelling skills
Big Man
Big Man 4 ай бұрын
Honestly let's give a big props to the editing and animation on these recent videos. Feels like I'm watching a TedEd video, with Derek's narration. It's only getting better!!!
I N
I N 3 ай бұрын
There was a reason THE HEBREW GOD said to let the land rest on the 7th year. Exodus 23: 10 - 11 and Levitacus 25: 18 - 22
Sam Wellick
Sam Wellick 3 ай бұрын
It's their own animations?!? I thought it must be from some animated autobiographical film about Haber at first!
Shannan Mortimer
Shannan Mortimer 4 ай бұрын
It is better than TED
Chaos Blow
Chaos Blow 4 ай бұрын
retweet
_tikn03_
_tikn03_ 4 ай бұрын
@Lakehuntist Go outside and touch grasses.
Jeremiah Kivi
Jeremiah Kivi 6 күн бұрын
Tragic story of a great man, blinded by his great loyalty to his nation, who tried his best to change the world for the better.
S D O
S D O 2 ай бұрын
Absolutely brilliant watch, seriously quality content
Mahinda Sakalasooriya
Mahinda Sakalasooriya 17 күн бұрын
Great. You generate knowledge to thousands of human beings. Im a Sri Lankan, who is suffering due to politicians that do not know the basic persistence of Nitrogen and its impact on human history. They banned Nitrogen fertilizer on the island. I heard that ahead of WW2 Hitler also did the same with mythological interpretation.
crea
crea 21 күн бұрын
This video is one of the best educative information from your channel. Thank you so much for the insights. God Bless.
Palin3
Palin3 3 ай бұрын
14:50 Ironically, Otto Hahn discovered nuclear fission, which eventually made it possible to develop nuclear weapons. In fact, he was also involved in the German nuclear weapons program. It seems he took Fritz's words about "innumerable lives" to heart.
waffled
waffled 2 ай бұрын
@3rdman You can say the same to Haber. Can you blame the man for trying to minimise the amount of dead German soldiers? Of course, the difference is that America won the war.
sumayyah adetunmbi
sumayyah adetunmbi 2 ай бұрын
Hmmnn..
TexasBlueBoy
TexasBlueBoy 2 ай бұрын
@Andrea My father joined the United States Marines the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed. He went on to serve in the Pacific Campaign. He would have been among the Marines that hit the beaches in Japan if not for the nuclear bombs on Japan. In stead he moved prizoners around Japan. The Japanese were ready to fight to the last person alive. They had taught children on how to kill soldiers. I know it saved at least one person.
Al As 57
Al As 57 2 ай бұрын
@madening It saved innumerable Japanese lives, cuz all the bombings before meant there wasn't many left to save anyway lol. Technically correct.
Al As 57
Al As 57 2 ай бұрын
@3rdman They would've all been tried for war crimes, had they have not won.
CryptoMedic
CryptoMedic 13 күн бұрын
I hadn’t watch a Veritasium video since months (don’t ask me why, YT forgot to suggest me !). Still remains the best YT channel ever. Also, welcome in the white beard team. You worry too much, you’re a dad aren’t you ? 😂
trish
trish 2 ай бұрын
That was so depressing….but really informative, thanks.
Harry Vieux
Harry Vieux Ай бұрын
My teacher in school upon brief mention of his name called him an evil nazi who made gas, a guy from my history class pointed out the nazis weren’t a thing at this stage, he agreed and brushed it off. Crazy to think the story and history we missed out on. Really don’t see him as a villain, be akin to calling anyone involved in the war a villain.
Oliver H
Oliver H Ай бұрын
What's worse about the comment of your teacher is that Haber was Jewish and a victim of the Nazis. He died while traveling, trying to find a new place to work when he had resigned his positions in Germany after the Nazis had banned Jews from working at public research institutes (not him directly, he still was too important in 1933, but his inability to protect those working for him made him decide to leave both his position and Germany).He had just met Chaim Weizmann, who had offered him a role at his institute in Palestine
me2 345
me2 345 Ай бұрын
My Italian grandfather survived one of those gas attacks when the wind turned & blew it back to the Germans.
CaptainLuckyLuke
CaptainLuckyLuke 4 ай бұрын
“During peace time a scientist belongs to the World, but during war time he belongs to his country."- Fritz Haber
Bill Williams
Bill Williams 19 күн бұрын
During peace time and war a scientist belongs to the highest bidder and the media.
Tony_ δυτικός αμυντικός
Tony_ δυτικός αμυντικός Ай бұрын
@TheGreat Donkey I will not get in the tube and eat the bugs
Loiso Pondohva
Loiso Pondohva 4 ай бұрын
@LC 17 well, most of the time that doesn't work. You can't understand yourself out of a situation where someone already decided they are going to kill or invade you. All you can do is kill them first. Einstein realized that later.
sapinta
sapinta 4 ай бұрын
@jsquared1013 see, there's always a good excuse to build inhumane mass murder weapons and use them preemptively. Such hypocrisy... Military are more honest than self-righteous people, they know what weapons are researched for and they are not shy to use them as long as they get them results.
jsquared1013
jsquared1013 4 ай бұрын
@sapinta the alternative at the time was thought to be the Nazis having nuclear weapons before the Allies. If you think that is a good alternative, then your thought process is broken.
T Blood
T Blood 2 ай бұрын
i feel like his wife made these breakthroughs for humanity and he did this w it. WELL DONE video as always but this story was special. - the look in her eyes is undeniable
ThatMedical Girl
ThatMedical Girl Ай бұрын
This was simply beautiful. Thank u, we are in sad times with all this war around the world.
can-o-juice
can-o-juice Ай бұрын
the animator for this video needs more recognition
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