The Secret of Synchronization 

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How does order spontaneously arise out of chaos? This video is sponsored by Kiwico - go to for 50% off your first month of any crate.
An enormous thanks to Prof. Steven Strogatz - this video would not have been possible without him. Much of the script-writing was inspired and informed by his wonderful book Sync, and his 2004 TED talk. He is a giant in this field, and has literally written the book on chaos, complexity, and synchronization. It was hard to find a paper in this field that Steven (or one of his students) didn't contribute to. His Podcast "The Joy of X" is wonderful - please listen and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts
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Special thanks to Patreon supporters: Mac Malkawi, Oleksii Leonov, Michael Schneider, Jim Osmun, Tyson McDowell, Ludovic Robillard, jim buckmaster, fanime96, Juan Benet, Ruslan Khroma, Robert Blum, Richard Sundvall, Lee Redden, Vincent, Lyvann Ferrusca, Alfred Wallace, Arjun Chakroborty, Joar Wandborg, Clayton Greenwell, Pindex, Michael Krugman, Cy 'kkm' K'Nelson, Sam Lutfi, Ron Neal
Written by Derek Muller and Petr Lebedev
Animation by Fabio Albertelli and Jakub Misiek
GFX and 3D animation by Jonny Hyman
Filmed by Derek Muller and Raquel Nuno
Edited by Derek Muller
Additional video supplied by Getty Images
Thumbnail by Ignat Berbeci
More footage from NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio
100 metronome video from
Intro animation by Jorge Cham
Thanks for the BZ footage from SteinbockGroup: and
Animation of waves in the heart from The Virtual Heart/ EM Cherry/ FH Fenton - and
Chemical materials and protocol provided by Mike Morris and the UCI Chemistry Outreach Program
Thanks to Alie Ward for title/thumbnail consultation
Thanks to Dr Juliette Becker and Dr James O'Donoghue for the planetary science help
Music from Jonny Hyman, Epidemic Sound "Seaweed" "Deeper Than The Ocean" "Ripple Effect"
Music also from Artlist "Children of Mystery"
Thumbnail by Ignat Berbeci

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Abner Jr. Paredes
Abner Jr. Paredes 7 minuten geleden
Quality content.. Love it
Mario Velez
Mario Velez 29 minuten geleden
This has to be one of my favorite videos ever on NLblock
E B Uur geleden
The millennium bridge wasn't swaying because the people were walking in step, the people were walking in step in response to the lateral sway of the bridge. Their walking in step then caused it to sway ever more.
Subhranil Majumder
Subhranil Majumder 2 uur geleden
@Prof. Steven Strogatz and @Veritasium, I believe the reason why it is hard to figure out the properties of whole given the properties of parts is because, of the level of mental activity human mind can reach in normal state. Due to the limited amount of energy our body can process, it becomes very hard to understand the bigger picture, which is relative in different people's case.
Tory Slusher
Tory Slusher 2 uur geleden
Coupled oscillation via vibrational transference, got it.
NEWS 3 uur geleden
Well I am not auto synchronised to my missus, maybe I am a freak of nature?
Paradox G
Paradox G 3 uur geleden
Chaos and Order are not different to Nature.... They are 2 sides of the same coin.
Adrian Epic
Adrian Epic 3 uur geleden
Finally, something to adequately explain Aphex Twin's video, windowlicker. Thank you for your service, good sir.
Laksyians sTuDy TiMeS
Laksyians sTuDy TiMeS 3 uur geleden
Actually at all you challenge the physics.
Kelley McBride
Kelley McBride 3 uur geleden
Super cool video thanks!
libertyn jeopardy
libertyn jeopardy 4 uur geleden
Obviously there is a God, unfortunately this fact is not obvious to many. Giving credit to "Nature" is naive and illogical.
THANOS THEE TITAN 4 uur geleden
This can apply to all life, I’ll give you an example I was at a concert and somebody started a fight and somebody else in the crowd got angry and they started a fight, at the end of the concert it turned into a riot and everyone was starting to fight. This theory applies to everyone and that GOD is real, And synchronization is the key to the multi-verse.
Bellhop Walrus
Bellhop Walrus 4 uur geleden
I notice this happening in a line of cars, with their turn signals on. They'll sync up for a while, then go out of phase again, creating interesting rhyrmic patterns. I am very easily entertained.
Muhammed Shahbaz Sadiq
Very informative
miles andress
miles andress 5 uur geleden
Hey..babies in the nursery cry and dogs in a kennel bark out of sync...
miles andress
miles andress 6 uur geleden
So...if one clock out of would anyone know the correct time? He should have had a third clock as a tie breaker..or..better yet..a fourth clock for confirmation🤣
Carlo S
Carlo S 6 uur geleden
Your opinion on nature being chaotic and disordered is a subjective point of view. These smaller chaotic occurrences are part of a bigger order.
Leslie Henderson
Leslie Henderson 6 uur geleden
This is interesting, because when a group of women get together, like in a roommate kinda situation, then tend to get their periods at the same time!
Scott 7 uur geleden
So everything has a frequency including us humans. Everything living and inanimate is effected by frequency, however living things have a higher frequency than inanimate objects, and some humans have a higher frequency than others.
iBoolGuy 8 uur geleden
that was 20 minutes.....? i thought it was 6 yo
M Al
M Al 8 uur geleden
Gravity 👈 morons🤓
NO 8 uur geleden
1 Hz seems worse than 2 Hz would be, but maybe I'm just not a civil engineer
iBoolGuy 8 uur geleden
“Entropy is the natural order of the universe.”
Grim Grinn
Grim Grinn 8 uur geleden
The man at the end sounded like David Bohm :)
WJ Stulp
WJ Stulp 8 uur geleden
yet another reason to realize God controls the entire universe.
As2000 the stop motioner
Its same with my walk i literally Almost always walk the same speed in steps as the person Im walking with
Eric Singley
Eric Singley 11 uur geleden
Even more interesting is the oscillation in American politics...
VenB 12 uur geleden
Hehe penguins
David Perkins
David Perkins 12 uur geleden
Many years ago myth busters used a linear actuator on an old disused bridge, the movement was maybe 4 to 6 inches but after a while the resonance created a measurable sway within the bridge.
Guilherme Santana
Guilherme Santana 12 uur geleden
It was great to learn more about synchronization. It really helped me strengthening up my faith a little bit more. It reminded me of a God that puts order in chaos as Genesis 1-2 shows us. A God who holds all the wisdom and the secrets of cosmos (Job 38). A God who loves me and you with sacrificial love (John 3:16) and who will eventually put everything in place again (Revelation 22)
Muhammad Omer
Muhammad Omer 12 uur geleden
maybe fireflies were celebrating saying hip hip hurraaaaaaaaayyy
Dub Dado
Dub Dado 12 uur geleden
Kenneth 12 uur geleden
This is very interesting. Great video. But does this also applies to lights? What if we had blinking multiple blinking lights? Does this apply too?
Art Mezins
Art Mezins 12 uur geleden
Two pedantic notes from a retired electrical engineer: [1] The bridge sync is like any system that has a resonance (and there may be more than one resonant frequency in a system). Electrical engineers routines apply "white noise" (randomness) to a resonant system to determine its resonant frequency(s). [2] When two timing sources are "close" in frequency, then something called a "beat" frequency results from the difference between the two frequencies. For example, if one is 0.1% different from the other (i.e. "close"), then there should be one "beat" every 1000 cycles. If 0.01% apart, then 10000, etc. Now if that frequency is from something slow, like a metronome or pendulum, say 1/sec, then you would have to wait 10000 sec (about 2.8 hours) before they sync, but only "momentarily", before they start to drift away. Then there's the "anti-beat" when they're motions are synced oppositely, at half the time, but repeats at the same frequency of once/2.8 hr. Now that also assumes that these are perfect timing systems with no animalities to throw a stick into the spokes, otherwise, more chaos ensues. Now multiply that to say 50 metronomes. The math gets more sticky, like the complexities of the 2-body vs. 3-body (or more) celestial orbital equations. But then computers were made to simulate is stuff so we humans can stay (mostly) sane. And this shouldn't detract from any enjoyment of the simplicity of the world around us, just know that it's there and the engineers (mostly) know how to address any issues that come along (albeit, after the fact sometimes).
Mujahid Faruq
Mujahid Faruq 13 uur geleden
I appreciate over exaggerated examples, thank you
David Milhous Carter
David Milhous Carter 13 uur geleden
14:12 Golden Ratio.
amine mk
amine mk 13 uur geleden
This universe and this life is not random, but meticulously designed by a higher thinker.
Its Mango
Its Mango 13 uur geleden
1:56 "They aren't part of an army" That's what you think
Dolzinfant 14 uur geleden
17:24 shouldn't it say swayed instead of suede in the subtitles? Fabulous video all the same...
Will Pablo Brazão Barletta
The unstable base is the answer.
Mahir Balushi
Mahir Balushi 14 uur geleden
Thanks 👍
46raulfull 14 uur geleden
Wait is this why women living together get their periods around the same time?
Wilmer Urbina
Wilmer Urbina 14 uur geleden
All this is common sense
Salomea Brt
Salomea Brt 14 uur geleden
Is there a formula as to when does the sync happen? At least for something simple, like metronomes? Ah, this is some exciting stuff.
Adam Stock
Adam Stock 15 uur geleden
woop nilered
Abinash Pal
Abinash Pal 15 uur geleden
The big picture.
Ricardo Cortez Calderon
Esto significa que nosotros volveremos al sol? (Se volvera a juntar la tierra con el sol xd incluidos otros planetas del sistema)
Arda Ehi Ehi
Arda Ehi Ehi 16 uur geleden
Felicia Moniq
Felicia Moniq 17 uur geleden
Hmm. There must be a God somewhere?
Jazeen Haral
Jazeen Haral 17 uur geleden
I always wondered why clapping would line up like that!! Omg. When I used to sit in chapel in high school (private Christian school) we would always end up clapping in sync. I would hear this and intentionally change my clapping, lol. I never knew this was almost a rule of nature
360 Nature Relaxation
360 Nature Relaxation 17 uur geleden
S. Garcia
S. Garcia 18 uur geleden
OK Now, -- Now that my friends is how you start a morning with your cup,of tea!! - Had more of my school-age and muddle adult pedestrian observations answered in 5-minutes than any other source -ever. Yep, gonna be a good many days after this, probably decades and lifetime what's remainning after this one. . .thanks..*
Gods Squad
Gods Squad 18 uur geleden
God is amazing
Gods Squad
Gods Squad 18 uur geleden
Lightening bugs not fire flies
Abdel Rahman Khalil
Abdel Rahman Khalil 19 uur geleden
That is absolutely MIND BOGGLING سبحان الله
Tristam Stone
Tristam Stone 19 uur geleden
Veritasium, can we please agree there is no experimental proof for entropy. If entropy is proven wrong over and over experimentally, if planets form from stars and organic life cycles thru life and death, exchanging disordered matter to then reorder. If we can consume elements like minerals and via enzymes convert them in to living cells then entropy is NOT REAL. Just the same as medicine, dogma exists. Entropy I hear over and over to explain time flowing in one direction... you don't need entropy!
KReGaDeTH 19 uur geleden
21 minutes to explain this? You should be ashamed.
Thule Gezelschap
Thule Gezelschap 19 uur geleden
In Rotterdam a big bridge nearly collapsed when there was a dance parade and people where all jumping at the same time
Livealkit 20 uur geleden
12th standard education i guess
Dominic Barden
Dominic Barden 20 uur geleden
Quality video!
Heyoka Empath
Heyoka Empath 20 uur geleden
Human was a Metronom too.
Jorge Brown
Jorge Brown 20 uur geleden
Reality is more fascinating than any theory. The magic attributed to the unanimated world is like a veil that prevents people to see its actual reality.And sometimes people becomes frustrated and even irritated when it is explained in simpler terms. The best example I know about it is when the great English poet Milton said Newton had removed the magic of the rainbow after Newton’s explanation of light.
Nachiketh. D
Nachiketh. D 21 uur geleden
0:28 . GOD
foe slow
foe slow 21 uur geleden
7:30 you can do better than that
koyuncusonay 21 uur geleden
Paul Binski
Paul Binski 22 uur geleden
So we could eliminate traffic jams by using wobbly roads? I'm pretty sure those traffic jams are the only event ignoring the laws of physics.
Freedom Of speech
Freedom Of speech 22 uur geleden
Petros_TheBot 23 uur geleden
So youre telling me that there will be a point of time that the entire people on earth will say the same thing or walk or jump the same?
Marbles 23 uur geleden
6:06 I can't be the only one seeing an army of marching swordsmen?
Marbles 23 uur geleden
I'm surprised Huygens didn't intuit and anticipate or at least immediately understand the cause of this effect. Had he never seen how pendulums in different forms synchronize on a ship, or in a carriage, or even when you are just out walking and things hang off of you? Why would pendulums hanging from clocks be any different? O_o Maybe I'm a physics savant, who just never studied physics. Or maybe Huygens had an off day at work :P Edit: Seriously, how do people not immediately just see how this works? What causes the effect? I am starting to think I've wasted my youth in the wrong career. No need for fancy explanations. The more a pendulum moves on an angle to gravity, the more it pulls whatever it is tethered to out of place. Simple so far, right? One could delve into it, but I think most who have used a swing can intuit it. When a swing is at the top, it can pull the whole swing frame out of place. Okay... So when a swing is at the top, it transfers energy to the frame it is tethered to. The frame then shifts perpendicularly to the ground. The shifting frame will transfer energy to other pendulums attached to it. The more parallelly to the ground a pendulum is moving, the more of the energy that the beam transfers to it results in movement because the frame is moving completely parallelly to the ground. If the pendulum is moving at 45 degrees to the ground, half of the energy transferred to it will be directed towards the ground, and just result in friction. The other half will result in movement along the axis that the pendulum is moving. The frame transfers energy from pendulums moving perpendicularly to the ground to pendulums moving parallelly to the ground. The more perpendicular and parallel the motions are, the greater the effect. So energy is transferred until the pendulums are in sync. The pendulums don't even have to be influencing the frame they are attached to to sync up. It is enough that the frame is moving fairly rhythmically, like from wind or waves. Pretty sure that is by far the biggest factor for pendulums on ships, for instance. Huygens, you n00b.
id 23 uur geleden
And it relys on the fact they all are the same. If one was bigger or smaller it wouldn't work. There is a lesson here.
M T 23 uur geleden
When you look att the the turn signal on two different cars when they have stopped due to a traffic light. These turn signals will also synchronise. How come?
Marcello Marcellini
That's not Huygens, that's Dave Mustaine.
Lawrence White
Lawrence White Dag geleden
I see turn signal lights on cars Synchronize randomly
Pantou Fos
Pantou Fos Dag geleden
The whole University has synchronicity. It has to do with the Rythm of The Spirit we are living in.
PancakePower_FTW Dag geleden
LMAO THIS WAS ON A STATE TEST! Thank you for making educational, yet interesting content! Pretty sure they used the same sources you did.
Hello Giddy
Hello Giddy Dag geleden
Nothing beats the ancient civilizations' innovation which last thousand years
salamanca1954 Dag geleden
Firefly populations in different locations around Tennessee, if memory serves, light up in waves.
Pola & Tiger
Pola & Tiger Dag geleden
The 2 clocks synchronize because it's love!
BoredJustChillin Dag geleden
The videos are so satisfying to watch
KC Poe
KC Poe Dag geleden
We don’t really have to go back 350 years.
salamanca1954 Dag geleden
Humans. Don't get me started. As the herd of we primates fell into step, a perfectly reasonable way to move in a dense crowd -- Hello, army! -- they set up a dangerous resonance in the bridge structure, something the engineers had not anticipated. They should have studied human herds, amd the military, before drawing up the structure. During the American Civil War, and I imagine in all the wars of humanity whenever a pontoon bridge was laid over a body of water, the troops were instructed to break route step, and just shamble randomly over, like any crowd in a street. Resonance has long been noted for its destructive properties, (see earthquakes, wind and Galloping Gerty, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge failure) but I think, forgotten for its positive properties, both physical and mental. And for anyone who reads this and gets a redass about it, we are all primates, the alleged greatest of the great apes. Sometimes we act like that ... sometimes not so much. We contain both.
Simon Hernandez
Simon Hernandez Dag geleden
To answer 19:30; Almighty God's Word!
Vaporizers101 Dag geleden
I am a scientists and this blows me away
DeRien8 Dag geleden
So this is how we solve the "measuring unidirectional speed of light" problem? We use this principle to synchronize the clocks of the detectors
Elliott Smith
Elliott Smith Dag geleden
I went to a performance in Denmark once, and at the end people were applauding, each at their own pace but then they all went in sync and it was scary as
Gravity ERA
Gravity ERA Dag geleden
People who dislike this: n0, only chaos
Nhat nguyen
Nhat nguyen Dag geleden
Love that he puts sponsor stuff at the end of the video
giothemath Dag geleden
Trying to remind ourselves of our cosmic existence, one day we will all meet again
Epic1 Gamer
Epic1 Gamer Dag geleden
Soman Rama
Soman Rama Dag geleden
ok metronomes on a wobbly surface and light bugs. And..... the whole universe. No just no
Robert Quinn
Robert Quinn Dag geleden
Inertial equilibrium.
Syphirioth Dag geleden
This is probably how Nikola Tesla would wanted to get his Tesla towers in sync. Earth being the wooden bar.
A. Alzate
A. Alzate Dag geleden
In this age of high technology, physics still manages to mystify us. Nicola Tesla indeed was on to something when he cane up with the earthquake machine. 🕵
Kandi Klover
Kandi Klover 3 uur geleden
Lmao no he wasn’t. He was a nut job that liked to make grandiose claims and espouse doomsday nonsense. He was a pre-internet era version of clickbait.
George Pal
George Pal Dag geleden
I really liked this. But what I liked the most is that it took some simple and obvious things we take for granted, and offered some profound insight. Thank you.
J D Dag geleden
This is how democracy was born. The majority wins. The minority must follow afterward
Víðarr Kerr
Víðarr Kerr Dag geleden
It is waves. Waves always equalize.
Guru Dag geleden
Part of this phenomenon has to be caused by the human mind though, right? Not everything is as synchronized as it appears, and we humans like finding patterns in things that don't really have patterns
Charles Macgilchrist
It's because they're all part of the same single body that they eventually oscillate as a single body.
Tobe Vincent
Tobe Vincent Dag geleden
Brilliant, brilliant! And a quality video! Keep it up my man!
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