25 Chemistry Experiments in 15 Minutes | Andrew Szydlo | TEDxNewcastle

  • Published on Nov 14, 2018
  • Whacky colour changes, magic disappearing water, blowing up dustbins, clouds of steam, thunder air explosions. Are you ready to fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ‘explosive’ journey?
    In his talk, Andrew aims to promote chemistry as the science of remarkable changes, which are often overlooked yet so important in our everyday life. And he does it brilliantly by performing an incredible series of 25 experiments in 15 minutes, totally amazing the audience (who rewards him with a long and deserved standing ovation)!
    Andrew Z. Szydło is an internationally acclaimed chemistry teacher. But he’s definitely not the typical chemistry teacher you would expect…
    He holds a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science from UCL, and is an expert on the history of alchemy (his 1994 book ‘Water Which Does Not Wet Hands’ is considered to be the standard reference work on the Polish alchemist Michael Sendivogius.)
    But his polymath spirit extends further: he’s a violin, bugle and accordion player, as well as a professional photographer. Throughout the years Andrew has wowed audiences all around the world with his pyrotechnical approach to teaching and demonstrating chemical sciences on stage and has appeared many times on TV. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at www.ted.com/tedx

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  • superfao
    superfao 3 hours ago

    Bangs happening at 8:21

  • Tony Tuite
    Tony Tuite 6 hours ago

    I love Andrew Szydlo. He's so passionate about chemistry...

  • Alessio Villani
    Alessio Villani 7 hours ago


  • SporyYT
    SporyYT 7 hours ago

    W każdym domie kultury i nauki powinny być takie pokazy za darmo!

    USA POWER 15 hours ago +1

    Rusaki na butilku!

    OZCAN AKSOY 16 hours ago

    full stop (.) which this guy dont know where to use.

  • Highland_Rab
    Highland_Rab 19 hours ago

    Finally, an exciting TedTalk..

  • Tristan L2
    Tristan L2 Day ago

    lol u faggots i knew this all at age 12 in school

  • Helder Silva
    Helder Silva Day ago

    Kids: "I hate schol!"
    Andrew Z. Szydło: "Hey kids, did you know chemicals..."...
    30 mins later
    Kids: "I f___ng love school!"

  • Rage Against My Hairline

    I'm out of breath just listening to him. That was some impressive oration.

  • EgoBrain
    EgoBrain Day ago

    "It put out the candle! I Knew it would put out the candle. That's gonna add three more second to my Ted Talk."

  • junniper3
    junniper3 Day ago

    I love this guy.
    His fire lecture from the university with his 2 helpers was fantastic as well.
    When a professor gets you really involved, has fun and teaches you at the same time, they are really a great teacher.

  • Al Bundy
    Al Bundy 2 days ago

    Science without politics! Enjoyed this video!

  • redbulleye
    redbulleye 2 days ago

    bang bang on 8:21

  • Alexander Rewijk
    Alexander Rewijk 2 days ago

    what kind of chemical reactions take place in this man's brain? seems to put out a lot of energy :)

  • Kyle White
    Kyle White 2 days ago

    its quiet.

  • Garry Hawthorn
    Garry Hawthorn 2 days ago

    mad as a box of frogs

  • bear
    bear 2 days ago

    so good

  • Mr.Bananarama
    Mr.Bananarama 2 days ago

    This was awesome

  • Kev Ster
    Kev Ster 2 days ago

    This breaks the Bible laws!

  • Ibrahim Dani
    Ibrahim Dani 2 days ago

    shame a chemistry degree isnt more exciting though way too much theory (ugh physics) and no fire...

  • LSD123
    LSD123 2 days ago

    That's the dude from Back to the future

  • gnamp
    gnamp 3 days ago

    I suspect Dr Szydlo got into chemistry for more than just the colour-changes and loud bangs...

  • Jeffrey Moravec
    Jeffrey Moravec 3 days ago

    what a wild endeavor, I doubt these experiments would hold up in a peer-reviewed journal

  • Pulsi79
    Pulsi79 3 days ago

    Dr Emmett Brown??

  • Kevin Romero Oviedo
    Kevin Romero Oviedo 3 days ago


  • ВиткОр
    ВиткОр 3 days ago

    Дедуля - Огонь 🔥

  • Linkology !!
    Linkology !! 3 days ago +1

    mister white is that u ?

  • Clement V
    Clement V 3 days ago


  • Charles Miller
    Charles Miller 3 days ago

    Would have been nice to HEAR the presntation! Thumbs down!

  • Barron Wiles
    Barron Wiles 3 days ago

    Bro when you even breathing?

  • ss ss
    ss ss 3 days ago


  • NicoScorpio
    NicoScorpio 3 days ago

    For all students here watching this and being frustrated: illustrations are fun and help concepts to sink in. But, remember that, however boring they might be, it is the calculus, the formulas, the equations that give knowledge and teaching. Exploding balloons don't teach anything. That said, i am sure this Prof. has very good teaching skills.

  • Georgios Giannoutsos Barkas

    He's fantastic! :)

  • SX Sean
    SX Sean 3 days ago

    *You only have 15 minutes left to live, what do you do?*

    Szydlo: 1:05 - 15:32

  • Leonardo Willi
    Leonardo Willi 3 days ago

    It's probably a good thing YT wasn't around when I was growing up LOL!

  • justinl458
    justinl458 3 days ago +2

    New drinking game. Every time he says chemistry, substances, science, and Chinese employees take a drink of moonshine.

  • Patrick Headley
    Patrick Headley 3 days ago

    Those weren't experiments. They were demonstrations.

  • Leo Huber
    Leo Huber 3 days ago

    i think he is selling chemstry ?

  • Brandon Cox
    Brandon Cox 4 days ago

    Love this man

  • Grant Solder
    Grant Solder 4 days ago

    Your a nut...what a great show.......stop the caffeine..

  • David Davesby
    David Davesby 4 days ago

    When he really got going he reminded my of Basil Faulty, not sure why... just getting about blowing stuff up haha

  • Rabea Abid
    Rabea Abid 4 days ago +1

    I wish my chemistry teachers were like him...he's totally amazing

  • Donkey Wack
    Donkey Wack 4 days ago

    wishu were one of my grandads

  • oneknowwhatsup
    oneknowwhatsup 4 days ago +1

    They could give him one more minute :D great teacher !

  • FlyingJustToFall
    FlyingJustToFall 4 days ago

    Old man with loads of energy and humor, while still being incredible at his work.
    Seems like such a cool dude.

  • Dewoy1
    Dewoy1 4 days ago

    It´s a shame that he had to rush it through.

  • UrbanaticLemonade
    UrbanaticLemonade 4 days ago +1

    I love how he eventually turned into MAD scientist

  • Yusri Amilkassim
    Yusri Amilkassim 4 days ago

    he speak catch his breath .. sound like... errhhh

  • A DP
    A DP 4 days ago

    And that people, is what the ART or comedy is about...! few are able to do it these days...

  • Guiep
    Guiep 4 days ago

    Can we please clone this man so he can teach chemistry on every school on Earth?

  • I Hate Ads
    I Hate Ads 4 days ago

    Take a shot for every time he said "substance" or "substances"

  • Mike Graham
    Mike Graham 4 days ago

    This is a demonstration not an experiment...

  • Sb Unleashed
    Sb Unleashed 4 days ago

    Joe Rogan podcast coming up. They both love 'fire'

  • The Nobodycares Man
    The Nobodycares Man 4 days ago

    Popping an ''Allahu akbar!!'' would've been sooo juicy

  • C Monster
    C Monster 5 days ago

    Four minutes in and he's setting up stuff to explode. I like him.....

  • -chris-
    -chris- 5 days ago

    This man's a legend

  • Sean McDonald
    Sean McDonald 5 days ago


  • wesmatron
    wesmatron 5 days ago

    Drinking game: Take a shot every time he says 'Substances'.

    Have an ambulance on standby

  • Pick Nick Productions

    My anxiety is so bad with loud noises, that I had to skip ahead on the experiment to after the nitrogen sprite bottles exploded. lol.

  • Mackinstyle
    Mackinstyle 5 days ago

    I can see this with a Penn and Teller or Monty Python spin. He begins by claiming that he will, by the end, make gold. He then goes through his existing presentation. And by the end, still having not made any gold, positions himself under a guillotine, without any pause in his talk, and an executioner comes out, puts the hood on and "executes" him, just like the Chinese anecdote.

  • WOTstatyuga
    WOTstatyuga 5 days ago

    This guy swallowed a tape recorder?

  • TIS Student (albl2023)

    I wish this was my chemistry teacher.

  • Haghj K
    Haghj K 5 days ago

    So cool...

  • Nonlinerflame8
    Nonlinerflame8 5 days ago

    I watched this guy live at my Uni !!

  • F1 Guy
    F1 Guy 6 days ago

    I mean drugs are also chemistry...

  • TeteBruleeFR
    TeteBruleeFR 6 days ago

    I wanna this man as my grand pa!

  • Nobody
    Nobody 6 days ago

    Is this Dr. Emmett Brown from Back to the Future?

  • M. S. G.
    M. S. G. 6 days ago

    jeez, give that poor man more time

  • da real rulezbreaker

    Dr. oobleck from RWBY?

  • Atanvarno Aldarion
    Atanvarno Aldarion 6 days ago

    Now watch it on 1.5 speed :D

  • Mike Donovan
    Mike Donovan 6 days ago

    So this is where Q went...

  • Rudi Ausbuddeln
    Rudi Ausbuddeln 6 days ago

    The 3rd one got me 😂

  • Alien Buddha
    Alien Buddha 6 days ago

    great experiments,. Worlds worst presenter,. i dont think he took one single breath trough that entire speech.

  • Pheel Macababe
    Pheel Macababe 6 days ago

    ha this guy was great

  • james forest
    james forest 6 days ago

    Way too low

  • Cruros
    Cruros 6 days ago +1

    This is the kind of lecture which I can get behind, super-efficient and to the point with concrete examples to back scientific concepts.

  • try
    try 6 days ago

    Walter White approves.

  • Butler
    Butler 6 days ago

    every teacher in school should be like him

  • tranquil Nice
    tranquil Nice 6 days ago

    this is more about pressure which is physics than it is about chemistry

  • Sirens and Stuff
    Sirens and Stuff 6 days ago

    The question is can he also do the 25 lab reports with the 15 minutes?

  • slaywee
    slaywee 7 days ago

    wow that was intresting i watch full video and it felt like 5mins

  • David J
    David J 7 days ago

    This is brilliant

  • Max K.
    Max K. 7 days ago

    ok, but most of that was physics and not chemistry

  • Leon Li
    Leon Li 7 days ago

    Damn im applauding over the screen. He must ve been an athlete when he was young lol

  • KhoPhi
    KhoPhi 7 days ago

    "we're still in one piece".
    Of course we are.

  • David Miatke
    David Miatke 7 days ago

    He could talk with a mouth full of marbles under water.

  • Gernhardt Reinlunzen

    Yeh but can he make Crystal Meth?

  • Mauve Moth
    Mauve Moth 7 days ago +1

    Science curriculum speedrun any%

  • 2Asspie
    2Asspie 7 days ago

    i want to see experiment speed run

  • Gulf City
    Gulf City 7 days ago +1

    hire a new camera op, he was missing greatness

  • Nicholas Mihalko
    Nicholas Mihalko 8 days ago

    Take a shot every time he says "now why is that"

  • Neil Wilson
    Neil Wilson 8 days ago

    I hate to swear, but gosh!!

  • Lol B91
    Lol B91 8 days ago

    I might have listened to my teachers if they’d opened with that!

  • select899
    select899 8 days ago +2

    My anxiety would kill me off if i was in the audience HAHA

    • Ian T
      Ian T 7 days ago

      SAME, im scrolling down the comments hoping someone would timestamp the explosions. No one did so I guess i'll just have a heart attack.

  • AntimatePcCustom
    AntimatePcCustom 8 days ago

    15 minuts of playing around. difference between science and playing is the notes. quote from mythbusters.

  • Kambo
    Kambo 8 days ago

    What an amazing man!

  • Aykut
    Aykut 8 days ago

    This has not been informivite

  • Charles Cisneros
    Charles Cisneros 8 days ago

    It's men like him that make science entertaining yet intriguing

  • iHisam
    iHisam 8 days ago +1

    wanna see science experience now ?
    press 03:00 to add a normal talking scientist

    now press 14:00 to add 14 cups of coffee
    check how he is talking now