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How To Debunk Perpetual Motion Machines - with Tom Scott

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Channel: The Royal Institution
Categories: Environmental   |   Physics   |   Science  
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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. Watch his video on wheels, bombs and perpetual motion machines here:

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.

People have been peddling perpetual motion for centuries. On his channel, Tom Scott gets his hands on Thomas Young’s machine from our museum, explains why it doesn’t work, and imagines just what would happen if we really could make a perpetual motion machine:

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