MEP EP#305: Electron Congo Line

Podcast Notes

The Big Misconception About Electricity

  • YouTube video
  • Is this really a big hidden secret?
  • There is nothing incorrect but…
    • Problems with the explanation
    • Lack of context
    • Doesn’t go far enough on the explanation and would leave new hobbyist asking more questions then it answered
  • Light bulb question at the beginning of the video
    • How long does it take for a light bulb to turn on if the wires connecting it are a light-second long.
    • Parker’s quick “practical” answer
      • “Instant” You are pushing the already existing electrons in the wire. An electron doesn’t have to flow all the way around?
  • Dave Jones’ response?
  • Does this damage Veritasium’s image for Electrical engineers?


Special thanks to whixr over at Tymkrs for the intro and outro!