I promise this story about microwaves is interesting.

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I found an article that said "The microwave was invented to heat hamsters humanely in 1950s experiments." And I thought, no it wasn't. ...was it?

Pull down the description for thorough references and credits.

Thanks to James Lovelock for his time! His latest book is Novacene: amzn.to/3hmKsWz [that is, of course, an Amazon affiliate link]

Filmed safely: www.tomscott.com/safe/ - thanks to jabs, PCR tests, isolation and distancing.

I did consider whether to do an extended interview with Dr Lovelock, but the Science Museum has already done far better than I ever could:

On cyborgs, asteroids and Gaia theory: • James Lovelock on...

On his greatest epiphany: • James Lovelock di...

An extended 90-minute interview from the Lovelock Centenary Conference: • Tim Lenton interv...


I Burrell, in the Independent, 1997: "Your money, or the cat gets microwaved": www.independent.co.uk/news/yo...
M Blitz, "The Amazing True Story of How the Microwave Was Invented by Accident": www.popularmechanics.com/tech...
E Schliephake, "Ultra-short waves in medicine" in Short Wave Craft, Vol. 3, No. 11, March 1933, p. 646 [PDF]: worldradiohistory.com/Archive...
E Ackerman, "A Brief History of the Microwave Oven", IEEE Spectrum: spectrum.ieee.org/tech-histor...

Radarange photo from Acroterion: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi... - image licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license, creativecommons.org/licenses/...

James Lovelock in 1962: Photo by Donald Uhrbrock/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images

A Smith, J Lovelock, A Parkes, 1954: Resuscitation of Hamsters after Supercooling or Partial Crystallization at Body Temperatures Below 0° C.. Nature 173, 1136-1137. doi.org/10.1038/1731136a0
R K Andjus, J E Lovelock, 1955: Reanimation of rats from body temperatures between 0 and 1° C by microwave diathermy. The Journal of Physiology, 128. doi.org/10.1113/jphysiol.1955...
Lovelock, J E, Smith A U, 1959, Heat transfer from and to animals in experimental hypothermia and freezing. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 80: 487-499. doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-6632.1...

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Tom Scott
Tom Scott 7 ヶ月 前
An update from July 2022: James Lovelock passed away, surrounded by family, on his 103rd birthday. I'm very grateful to have been able to interview him, and my deepest condolences to his family. Rest in peace. His obituary is worth reading, because it covers so much: www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/27/james-lovelock-obituary
DrEsi 2 日 前
I just wanted to know an interesting story about microwaves but now I'm sad. May he rest in peace.
Laz M!
Laz M! 2 日 前
You getting this interview was a gift. RIP
Kathleen Davidson
And he died on his 103rd birthday. This world needs more people like him (the mice are much less enthusiastic).
gonzo_the_great 13 日 前
What a cracking old lad. Bright as a button at 101years. Great that he got to tell the story of this bit of his career and save it for posterity. RIP.
oneoflokis 20 日 前
He had a great life. 👍
Makimars 年 前
A 101 year old scientist explaining his crazy experiments is the best smile I ever saw.
@TheKingOfFailure think I heard "wood"
agree and must add as he proudly said: radder INVENTOR tha scientist
ShernWei Lee
ShernWei Lee 3 日 前
I just realized this is where the joke where cartoon characters warm a frozen character back to life came from.
oneoflokis 20 日 前
Lovelock was just a BIT more than "a crazy scientist". 😏
Ricci Zech
Ricci Zech 20 日 前
@thereddufus sharp as a tack , perfect memory
Tony Murphy
Tony Murphy 7 ヶ月 前
RIP James, died on his 103rd birthday yesterday. The most interesting scientist I'd never heard of until Tom introduced us all.
Game Seeker
Game Seeker 4 日 前
Heroes sometimes do go unsung
Phoenix Risin’
Phoenix Risin’ 18 日 前
MrVorpalsword 18 日 前
@Mr_H not just one run .... a good innings
Some Guy
Some Guy 21 日 前
I can't decide between him and Richard Fineman. While watching this, visions of the film "Frankenstein" came to mind. Instead of lightning, microwaves were used, and instead of an assembled human, whole hamsters were used. The light bulbs spontaneously glowing was evocative. "I'ts alive! It's alive!"
ÆRational 25 日 前
The hamsters had the last laugh.
Emmanuel Holsey
Emmanuel Holsey 11 ヶ月 前
I've never seen someone smile so brightly from saying "I put a potato in it, and baked it"
Some Guy
Some Guy 21 日 前
While watching this, visions of the film "Frankenstein" came to mind. Instead of lightning, microwaves were used, and instead of an assembled human, whole hamsters were used. The light bulbs spontaneously glowing was evocative. "I'ts alive! It's alive!"
Anna Karenina Câmara
Bake 'em, smash 'em, put 'em in a stew
Divine Comedian
Divine Comedian 2 ヶ月 前
@Nick Clegg's Promise I've eaten potatoes and sweet potatoes baked in a microwave oven. They're delicious!
Gamey 3 ヶ月 前
@Weeblon self aware beauty mark
Mirza Ahmed
Mirza Ahmed 4 ヶ月 前
@R that's just the understated British way of saying it was quite good.
Salt Exarch
Salt Exarch 8 ヶ月 前
In my opinion, the most unbelievable part about the original Percy Spencer story of how he invented microwaves is that he had a candy bar in his pocket and when it melted he thought "oh, this must be the radar's fault" and not "Oh, I'm an idiot for leaving a candy bar in my pocket".
zefirowy 6 日 前
Imagine, that we could not have microwaves if Percy was more hungry that day, and ate his bar earlier :)
Khiêm Nguyễn
Khiêm Nguyễn 25 日 前
People at the time knew EM radiation can heat up thing so it wasnt sth out of the extraordinary, also he could try different thing that could melt his bar until pinpoint radar
flyonwall360 29 日 前
My father was a radar engineer for GE Aerospace years ago and was exposed to a radar that he was working on. Not too long after that, he developed colon cancer and eventually developed a form of leukemia found in children. He passed away from cancer at the age of 64. I have spent the last 40 years working in the telecommunications industry and always use extreme caution when working with or around RF or Laser technology.
Jonathan Rees
Jonathan Rees ヶ月 前
If the candy bar actually melted from microwave heat he would likely have had a significant burn, as it would have been cooking him as well.
identiticrisis 2 ヶ月 前
@Carl Cushman Hybels Definitely. It's often said that the sound of science is something like "Eureka!" but in practice it's really more like "I wonder..."
Lena Patsa
Lena Patsa 8 ヶ月 前
Forget hamsters. How does he stay so incredibly young and clear-headed at 101? Amazing!
Andy harpist
Andy harpist 22 日 前
Because from 1966 -1981 he took a sabbatical from life in a deep freeze so died aged 88, though some say he's in the Coop Funeral Services back chiller to this day.
Redstripe921 28 日 前
Perfect genes and healthy life
Divine Comedian
Divine Comedian 2 ヶ月 前
Shinigamae 2 ヶ月 前
Because he had 100 years before that being a nice person around I think. They way he talked and smiled and laughed with clear state of mind at that age does give me an image I want to be when I'm old.
Technology Connections
I can't think of a single reason why a story about microwaves wouldn't be immensely interesting!
mvvagner 19 日 前
Sam Cranch
Sam Cranch 年 前
i must catch up on your vids,.!!
BroCephas 年 前
I clicked on the video but, with the attention span of a goldfish with adhd, I would have moved on but for seeing your endorsement (the mere fact that you commented on it).
Randy B
Randy B 年 前
Haha you would
Walter Capeling
Walter Capeling 3 ヶ月 前
This guy was literally watching technology evolve before his eyes
Evil_Grin 24 日 前
@Raven4K ... those are atoms.
Raven4K 29 日 前
@Gappl nope but they do come in many different types silly you have hydrogen and oxygen and so on and so forth
Gappl 29 日 前
@Raven4K size is a very important factor to this, we are bigger, but molecules don’t get bigger.
lemming3001 2 ヶ月 前
He wasn’t just watching he was helping evolve it further
Felix Chen
Felix Chen 2 ヶ月 前
@Raven4K 10:18
Tommy Lyon
Tommy Lyon 7 ヶ月 前
I heard about James Lovelock's passing and came straight to this video. The interview is so warm and personable, he really was a treasure. Thanks for showcasing this piece of history.
Raven4K ヶ月 前
@DuBaDuBeDu stop crying like a baby and have some cheese boy🤣
DuBaDuBeDu ヶ月 前
@Raven4K I’m saying 😭
Raven4K 2 ヶ月 前
wait they were microwaving hamster's?
Pandu POLUAN 6 ヶ月 前
He had this air of wise but fun grandfather with him. RIP Mr. Lovelock
Jakomelo 8 ヶ月 前
5:40 you have no idea how shocked and happy I was hearing him say this bit. I didn't expect him to be alive still and I'm sure you made his day with the interview.
Lukas Springsklee
Lurrie Lee
Lurrie Lee 5 ヶ月 前
@mknote This is the guy. This is the guy who’s to blame.
mknote 7 ヶ月 前
BigScriptus Sadly, less than a month after you said that, it's no longer true.
Malcolm Sleath
Malcolm Sleath 6 ヶ月 前
Thank you Tom. That was what you might call public service broadcasting. "Nobody has asked me about that before". Priceless.
Justin 27 日 前
I have to imagine he would often get interviews through the decades on his many many important projects. He must have been quite puzzled to be 101 and be called about the hamster reanimation work of all things! So glad we have him on the record about it. Truly amazing. But he did invent the microwave in the course of it!
Dootanator_ 7 ヶ月 前
Imagine dying from hypothermia and a doctor just puts you into a microwave for 5 minutes.
Briley Shults
Briley Shults ヶ月 前
I imagine they sedated the hamsters before freezing them (was sedation very common back then?) …hopefully the hamsters didn’t feel hypothermia
Natalie Green
Natalie Green 2 ヶ月 前
And you hear it "ding!" when you're ready
Will Simmons
Will Simmons 年 前
I can't believe the fact that this story could have been completely lost to history if Tom hadn't stumbled upon a random line.
José Islanio
José Islanio 6 日 前
@h-Films or maybe they're struggling with the demographics on this video
h-Films 年 前
@Dave Norton "The" "Come" "Mk" english is perhaps not a bot's strength
The360Mlg Noscoper
@kezzyhko :(
kezzyhko 年 前
now imagine how many such stories were lost, because noone stumbled upon them
Ahmed Ibrahim
Please report bots everyone 🙏 in all social media platform. The content creators can't do much while the platforms does nothing, report them and help the algorithms delete it so no one gets scammed.
LBSi UK 7 ヶ月 前
Rest in peace to James Lovelock. A scientist, an educator, father of the Gaia Theory and of course microwaves. May his legacy live on.
Cringility 7 ヶ月 前
James looked as if he had always been so passionate in all his life trying to invent new things and put things all together and tinker with stuff. And the genuine smile he had on his face throughout the whole interview says it all. Rest in peace James Lovelock, you made a big and good difference on the world. Thanks Tom for unravelling this amazing story too.
YoungMystic 8 ヶ月 前
The most unbelievable thing about this story is that Lovelock put a potato in a microwave and it came out perfectly cooked, and not molten lava on the outside and ice cold on the inside.
Piper Thomas
Piper Thomas 8 ヶ月 前
Well, it was “perfectly alright,” not necessarily perfectly cooked, haha
Alpachino Barlatino
Alpachino Barlatino 11 ヶ月 前
This is incredible journalism! You brought a story back to life and now it is very well documented for the future and even with a live record from the main scientist involved!
Avarc L
Avarc L 7 ヶ月 前
Such an interesting Scientist, his death is a tremendous loss. RIP James Lovelock.
Santum 年 前
man's 101 years old and can still speak perfectly and recall the exact story. legend
Student K
Student K 2 ヶ月 前
Thought the same
Dork Knight
Dork Knight 4 ヶ月 前
best use of youtube ive seen in a while. Adorable 101 year old genius perfectly recalls his super science invention.
Rubus Calculum
Rubus Calculum 4 ヶ月 前
And he survived all that radiation.
Vyzzle 4 ヶ月 前
To be fair, the most common forms of dementia typically present with anterograde amnesia and older memories remain well intact (unless it's able to progress enough). Not saying this guy has dementia, but we can't say he doesn't either.
Social Swine
Social Swine 4 ヶ月 前
RIP to a real one
Jason M
Jason M 8 ヶ月 前
The fact he messed around with microwaves back in the day, AND is still so mentally together at 101 is the most amazing thing about this video.
Loiso Pondohva
Loiso Pondohva 4 ヶ月 前
Not sure about the connection.
Ricardo 年 前
I had the biggest smille when Dr.James Lovelock was speaking with that happy face about his work.
Shangerdanger 2 ヶ月 前
wow that guy was SHARP for 101. unbelievable
Southtrack Productions
My word, James Lovelock was in incredible shape and incredibly sharp for 101 years old. May he rest in peace.
spookith the one
spookith the one 10 ヶ月 前
you can tell how excited lovelock was to finally talk about his research with someone who was genuinely interested
Illusionism 年 前
he's doing remarkably well for 101 years old
Curious J
Curious J 年 前
life force of a thousand hamsters 😔
Greg Gray
Greg Gray 年 前
Understatement of the year. Incredible bloke give him a knighthood already
Whif my crack
Sure is
Daniel Joe Whitfield
Just what I thought he's as sharp as a tack and looks great. I would have guessed 70
Looks great and seems very sharp! What a guy.
FB 7 ヶ月 前
I just read on wikipedia that James Lovelock sadly passed away. I immediately thought of this video and what a nice (and extremely intelligent) person he was.
Pitirim Elea
Pitirim Elea 6 ヶ月 前
Incredible history. RIP James Lovelock. I'm astonished how well he was at his 100's even he remembered the stuff he did 50 years ago.
mathieu kutak
mathieu kutak 5 ヶ月 前
Closer to 70 years ago...
Maarten Keus
Maarten Keus 3 ヶ月 前
This is genuinely the nuttiest story I've ever heard and I'm not surprised it came from you Tom
Eddy Land
Eddy Land 7 ヶ月 前
Rest in peace James Lovelock, you were an amazing person, thank you
loocinatheworld 5 ヶ月 前
this video took such an unexpected and delightful turn when we learned lovelock was still alive and we got to see him talk about it himself, even though he died this year. hope he's having an okay time, wherever he is.
Jordy Lakiere
Mr. Lovelock is by far be the healthiest clearest-minded 101 year old I've ever seen, that alone was incredible.
Maria Hewitt
Maria Hewitt 5 ヶ月 前
@nosville22 If you don't use it you lose it. I'm still learning every day, and I'm almost 70 years old.
nosville22 7 ヶ月 前
training your brain your whole life will do that the really nice thing is how happy he seemed to be talking about that
DemonofChaos264 7 ヶ月 前
He died yesterday sadly :(
Kyle Flournoy
I'm glad I'm not the only one who was thinking this
aim-to-misbehave 7 ヶ月 前
RIP James Lovelock, died today on his 103rd birthday - he was a pioneer, and I'm so grateful to this video for introducing me to his work
Vladimir Arnost
Vladimir Arnost 7 ヶ月 前
Rest in peace James. 😢May Gaia be with you. 🌍 I wish we had more brilliant, enthusiastic and positively thinking minds like him everywhere.
Tripeefy 3 ヶ月 前
May he rest in peace what a true human he was
Alex Schmid
Alex Schmid 10 ヶ月 前
I genuinely think this is one of the best videos you've ever done. It's certainly my personal favorite.
jim lewis
jim lewis 7 ヶ月 前
Lovelock was an incredible individual. I did once have the pleasure of hearing a lecture from him. Sadly missed
efe erbaş
efe erbaş 年 前
Imagine being a top of the line scientist, doing all kinds of research, contributing a lot of things to science and then somebody knocks your door asking "Sir did you, by any chance, microwave hamsters?"
Sarah Rose Johnstone
He certainly seemed to be delighted, and was delightful.
Gold Zero
Gold Zero 年 前
@Buğra Sevinç Bi anda aklıma gelen birşey komiğime gitti yoksa maksat kötülemek falan değil yani
Buğra Sevinç
@Gold Zero Adam bir saat adamın yaptığı araştırmayı anlattı, neden öyle birşey düşündün?
Dinner-Fork Tongue
@Iiii Vvvv That sounds very real.
ben gadgets
ben gadgets 年 前
Me: 6:26 👁👄👁
Synarchy 3 ヶ月 前
What a amazing guy. Glad he got to live a long and happy life and to enjoy these experiments he was apart of and the smile he has telling others
Bo-eagle Van Belle
Bo-eagle Van Belle 7 ヶ月 前
So wholesome to see him speak so fondly about his work and colleague friends.
Rob Armstrong
Rob Armstrong 7 ヶ月 前
I only watched this a few days ago and have just seen today’s news headline that James Lovelock has sadly passed away on his 103rd birthday. I’m so glad you were able to interview him.
Carmen M.
Carmen M. 6 ヶ月 前
I remember someone telling me that in WW2 a Japanese scientist used enormous microwave ‘ovens’ to experiment on people, mostly Koreans. The horrors of war… sometimes history is a horror story but not something we may ever forget.
Jolly Joystick
Jolly Joystick 10 ヶ月 前
I never expected the backstory of the microwave to be this interesting. Thank you for sharing.
ddniUK 年 前
James Lovelock is the spriteliest 101 year old that I have ever seen. What a privilege to hear his story. Thanks Tom.
Mattias Öman
Mattias Öman 7 ヶ月 前
And now he'll rest in peace
Mark Fox
Mark Fox 年 前
How many have you seen?
March madness
@Eddyspeeder yes! Wouldn't that be a joy?!
Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
@Nick Clegg's Promise "I heard you've been working on a new kind of battery. How's that working out?" "Well... I would say it's..."
Alex Noman
Alex Noman 年 前
After having been microwaved in that lab no less! :D
Eoin Montgomery
Eoin Montgomery 7 日 前
The way he describes his experiments with such detail, and enthusiasm is just amazing.
Nabarun Banik
Nabarun Banik 3 ヶ月 前
Literal chills and a smile at the same time.
Darren M
Darren M 6 ヶ月 前
My dad was the local electronics engineer in our area and supplied microwaves to local chip shops. He got called out to one when they were complaining about it taking longer to heat food. It was a small chip shop and they didn't have space to open the microwave door so just cut the window and front mesh out. As far as I know no-one got organs cooked but it was a bit dodgy.
Sándor Salamon
Sándor Salamon 2 ヶ月 前
When Tom says "I promise it will be interesting", I just listen because I know it will be amazing!
Dancing Drake
Dancing Drake 3 ヶ月 前
Thank you so much for saving and recording this awesome historically interesting story.
Andrew F.
Andrew F. 年 前
101 year old guy is more coherent than me. What an absolutely incredible dude
Himaro 年 前
@R D My grandma definitely falls into that latter category. She's beginning to slip now, but she's comfortably into her 90's. She's got a sharp wit still though.
🌟 Wander the
@R D Seems like culture plays a big role in how someone ages.
Siarnaq 年 前
Wannabe Foley artist
@R D probably has got to do with a combination of diet, iq, activities and stress that makes you healthier later in life.
R D 年 前
My position involves working with older demographics. The correlation of reduced coherence and age is really not a smooth as you'd expect. I've talked to 55 year olds that hardly remember what I explained 30 seconds ago, and I've talked to 90 year olds that I don't have to explain anything to because they did their own research already. It's really changed my perspective on aging.
Clocker bell 🔔
Clocker bell 🔔 4 ヶ月 前
This was such an interesting video. I was sad when it ended!!! Condolences to James’family.
No, I did not catch the game last night Stop asking
I love how happy he is while telling this story
Foehammer ヶ月 前
He's remarkably alert and sharp for a 101 year old! He seems so happy to talk about his little-known old experiments. It's great to see
Kaloyan Nikolov
Kaloyan Nikolov ヶ月 前
A truly fascinating individual! May he rest in peace
Ron Lucock
Ron Lucock 2 ヶ月 前
Tom Scott doesn't have to "promise" that any video he puts up will be interesting. Interest & passion for any topic exudes from his face & is a joy to watch, & learn something along the way.
Chris Hubley
Chris Hubley 年 前
"So I went to ask him about it..." I nearly spit out my tea with surprise. What a great reveal. What a great story!
FunnySuperBR 6 ヶ月 前
@Matasa that also did not aged well
Marco Ramírez
Marco Ramírez 7 ヶ月 前
Matasa 7 ヶ月 前
@cloverlovania well, we all have to go eventually, but he lived to 103, so not bad at all. He got the Queen’s letter and all.
cloverlovania 7 ヶ月 前
@Matasa this did not age well. :(
Matasa 8 ヶ月 前
And I'm happy to note that as of now, in middle of 2022, Dr. James Lovelock is very much alive at the ripe old age of 102!
Dave Yates
Dave Yates 8 ヶ月 前
Your 101 scientist is absolutely a lovely person. I'm so pleased that you had a chance to meet him. I find your shows such a pleasure and your dedication for being as accurate as possible a pleasure. Thank you for the knowledge and entertaining way you present it.
James McCune
James McCune 5 ヶ月 前
I love that 70 years later he remembered so many details.
Calamitous 7 ヶ月 前
Rest in peace to him, still an incredible video, incredibly timed
Enigma Grieshaser
Enigma Grieshaser 7 ヶ月 前
Him seeing and knowing that there is a ton of people interested in his experiments gave him joy
Kalimata101 4 ヶ月 前
By the Universe, you good Sir delivered on your promise, that was fascinating. It was magical to watch the gentleman exude a pure love of science. Not only that, I only know of two people other than this gentleman who can raise the dead, and they’re kinda the same person. That was incredible that the hamsters survived.
That 101-year-dude looks like a healthy and clear minded 80 year old, I'm impressed. All the best for him!
Cj Slime
Cj Slime 年 前
Microwave Radiation is good for you
Pedro Pascoa
Pedro Pascoa 年 前
Maybe we should all use our microwaves with the door open once in a while
Laura Hamm
Laura Hamm 年 前
Maybe its from radiation exposure
Sully 年 前
@Helen Tee yes thats why i phrased at like that. Genes form the parimeters, but how alive and energetic you are at a particular age is completely in your control. Diet and lifestyle give more than enough for majority of population to live well. Even something like dementia is partially in your control, which is why its being referred to informally as rype 3 diabetes
Helen Tee
Helen Tee 年 前
@Sully unfortunately, not completely true. Genes play a large part,in they govern things like your cholesterol levels, which affect both your.brain and heart, and your genes also affect whether you are likely to suffer from certain types of dementia and so on . Diet makes a hell of a difference too !(and that you can do something about)
Pinetree 6 ヶ月 前
The interview with the scientist was pure gold! 👍
Timothy Walker
Timothy Walker 5 ヶ月 前
I remember the radar range, some homes had them of course they weren’t cheap. As for the microwave I heard they were testing a radar and it cooked someone’s chocolate bar😂
TheStupidcomment 3 ヶ月 前
Not only interesting but I'm blown away the guy was still alive and you were lucky enough to speak with him. This is top tier JPvid.
stopsign 38
stopsign 38 15 日 前
Loved that interview with James. His recall was amazing, thanks for sharing the interview and obituary.
John C Ray
John C Ray 2 ヶ月 前
This is the third time I've watched this and it still makes me smile. Mr. Lovelock is adorable when he talks about the light bulbs lighting randomly from the radiation bouncing around the room. I love everything about this piece.
Wonder Seven
Wonder Seven 年 前
Mr Lovelock looks so happy as if he's been waiting his whole life for someone to ask him about it
Israel De la Rosa
Israel De la Rosa 7 ヶ月 前
@Endy0 Cold. Almost as cold as those hamsters.
MadSwedishGamer 7 ヶ月 前
@Lena "Hang on, I made a model!"
BlurryCat 7 ヶ月 前
They did avoid vegan food tho...
Ayan Das
Ayan Das 7 ヶ月 前
@Lena What are your theories??
AuliaAF 8 ヶ月 前
@Lena Wait 6-7 decades and maybe people will ask :D
Jack 7 ヶ月 前
Rest in piece James. E. Lovelock, one of Britain's great scientists
The Truth
The Truth 7 ヶ月 前
Thank you Mr LoveLock for helping people burn popcorn for the past 40 years
DazedAlligator 28 日 前
This didn't happen in the 80s
Ludicrous 4 ヶ月 前
And ballistic JPvid channels blow them up!!💣
woodhonky 6 ヶ月 前
sayan roy
sayan roy 6 ヶ月 前
I have watched Lovelock in a documentary called "Going Circular" on a flight recently and it was kind of centered around his Gaia Theory and they did mention the NASA story and his electron capturing inventions resulting in finding CFC in the atmosphere and finding out about the Ozone Hole, but nowhere was it mentioned about this interesting microwave story. I believe that is why he got this excited. I mean, he would be excited regardless, I think. Anyways, he is a great protaganist scientist/inventor for that documentary as well as this story in this video.
7th Boss
7th Boss 5 ヶ月 前
“…because _physics_ …” has got to be one of my favorite descriptions of engineering
Catbird 8 ヶ月 前
This is genuinely fascinating. I had no idea that reanimation from complete freezing was possible at all.
Just Some Guy without a Mustache
I'm grateful that a legend like him is still with us at 101 years old!
ES63 3 ヶ月 前
@Andy Russell oof
Mattias Öman
Mattias Öman 7 ヶ月 前
And now he'll rest in peace
Ordeli Pyörinen
Ordeli Pyörinen 9 ヶ月 前
Must be all the radiation
CrimsonIV 年 前
Educatiøn 年 前
The radiation lengthened his life span.
RiverRockPhotos 6 ヶ月 前
We need to be documenting everthing people like this can share. This was the best thing to happen to him in 30 years.
Travis Hensley
Travis Hensley ヶ月 前
thank you for interviewing and sharing james story with millions! his life shall forever live on thanks to you tom
KiwiHame 5 ヶ月 前
That's as hilarious as it is fascinating as it is brilliant. Great film. Thank you Tom and James.
Mariano Williams
Mariano Williams 11 ヶ月 前
This is not only interesting, it is a lovely story. Thanks Tom.
Megadextrious 10 ヶ月 前
This definitely is an interesting story!!!! So frkn awesome that James Lovelock is still alive at 102 years old now! What a pleasant surprise 😄
Kevin Ward
Kevin Ward 年 前
When Tom started listing Lovelocks accomplishments I almost got choked up. Dude’s had multiple history changing inventions and I’ve never heard of him. Legend by any sense of the word.
The Flyfly
The Flyfly 年 前
Zack V
Zack V ヶ月 前
That fact his mind was so sharp at that age is amazing. Big science brain kept on trucking
Susu 7 ヶ月 前
This is the best story I've heard in years, glad I clicked on this weirdly-packaged video a few minutes ago 🤣
Jay of the Mountain
Jay of the Mountain 7 ヶ月 前
What a fantastic story. It must have been brilliant to meet Lovelock before his passing.
James Frize
James Frize 6 ヶ月 前
I love how happy and enthusiastically he spoke of his experiences and being soo pleased to share them. I hope I'm as sharp as him at that age. RIP James
Yahye Ali
Yahye Ali 6 ヶ月 前
R.I.P James Lovelock your work contributed so much to science, you’ll be missed :(
Paul R
Paul R 6 ヶ月 前
He looked incredible and still had his wits about him at 101 years old.
Jonas D Atlas
Whoa, whoa, you actually *spoke* to James Lovelock? That’s kind of stunning. Actually finding the guy who did the thing in the 1950s is something you truly don’t see every day.
Rebecca M
Rebecca M 年 前
Yep and fun fact: Noam Chomsky is still alive as of 20/07/2021
@I can see you indeed
I can see you
@ciaotiziocaius well certainly better than heterosexuality
James Churchill
@Srj there's radiation and then there's radiation. Ionising radiation is nasty. Non ionising radiation, not nearly so much. Especially microwaves, since you can't be cooked without noticing it.
RubyPiec 年 前
woah bi flag
Soulbite 6 ヶ月 前
A truly amazing story and one that I hope everyone agrees needed to be more widely shared. Condolences to Sir Lovelocks family and friends.
rafaelveggi 7 ヶ月 前
Immense respect for this episode in special, thank you dearly.
Bert M
Bert M 18 日 前
My mind was blown by this video. It's hard to believe that experiment worked. The interview with the still-sharp 101-year-old was incredible too.
Gary Crispin
Gary Crispin 7 ヶ月 前
I am most impressed by how sharp his mind and memory is at that age. My 82 year old dad can't remember what he told me yesterday...
FlowState Pump
FlowState Pump 8 ヶ月 前
The smile I see and excitement I see on lovelocks face seems like you asking him those questions made his entire world this isamazing to see
Robert Bringardner
The guy casually exposed himself to unshielded microwave radiation in his youth and is still strolling down the beach at 101
Jonathan Wright
Perhaps there is a connection with the Radon tunnels from another Tom Scott video...
Mc GetRekt
Mc GetRekt 年 前
@Alacritous You have to be insanely careful with microwaves though, because they don't burn you like a fire would, they can penetrate your body and heat up your internals which is not good for you.
Robert Willoughby
@Kpoping727 I wouldn't go that far, but it certainly seems to have helped!
exp1993 29 日 前
Amazing story!!! Thank you for hard work, and thank you Mr. James
Lisa Calhoun
Lisa Calhoun 8 ヶ月 前
I loved this video. You absolutely made James Lovelock's day. He's darling. As a novelist, I've included a Faraday cage in one of my books. I was blown away by how many people reacted with, "A what?" I've enjoyed telling them that they probably have one in their homes.
Dale Travers
Dale Travers 28 日 前
That's not only an interesting story, it's a marvelous one.
lazygazzzer 5 ヶ月 前
He does actually mention his microwave in one of the Gaia books. He was using it to warm-up his lunch.
Dennis4 ヶ月 前
All I can say is Tom did deliver on his promise!😅
RexusprimeIX 年 前
Lovelock had a classic mad scientist moment where his experiment was doing weird stuff to his room, like lighting up the lamps and making things catch on fire, while reanimating a dead animal.
Paul Newman
Paul Newman 7 ヶ月 前
@Nothing Is Real 8:32 Pound notes.
LostintheWoods 8 ヶ月 前
@Chris Powers yep. I was thinking, 200 years prior and everyone would be shouting "demons".
Yashas Vinay
Yashas Vinay 8 ヶ月 前
Steins;gate is probably real
V v
V v 11 ヶ月 前
El Psy Kongroo
IpadID 年 前
EXTRA JERKY El psy congroo
Brentton Mcalpine
Honestly it’s amazing to think of how much is being hidden from the general knowledge.
Arae 4 ヶ月 前
This guy is the most lucid centenarian I've ever seen. Such clear memory.
Gregory Norris
Gregory Norris 11 ヶ月 前
The microwave origin story I was taught is that someone came into the operations room on break and left his bowl of soup sitting nearby, after talking for a few minutes they realized the soup had been heated. I also heard that they had a lot of unexplained health issues prior to that point and the cooking soup incident helped them realize the microwaves were cooking things from the inside out. Of course I have since learned that the cooking from the inside out thing is wrong and microwaves do in fact cook from the outside in like any other heat source so it's tough to say how much of the story I heard, if any, is true.
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