This Is The Heaviest Weight In The World And The Science Behind It Is Blowing My Mind

Just how exactly does a scientist go about measuring really, really, ridiculously big forces with accuracy and precision? Well, they need the world’s largest weight.

 

 

The people behind the Veritasium YouTube channel got a look at the world’s largest weight which is held at NIST and clocks in at an astronomical 4,448,2228 Newtons.

 

This Is The Heaviest Weight In The World And The Science Behind It Is Blowing My Mind

 

To contextualize that a little bit, a single apple weighs ~1 Newton and the Saturn V Rocket which sent astronauts to the moon had a thrust of 33,360,000 Newtons….This machine is capable of 4,448,222 Newtons which is the equivalent of 1 MILLION pounds of force.

 

The people behind the Veritasium YouTube channel got a look at the world’s largest weight

 

In order to measure that force accurately, the force of the Saturn V rocket, you need insanely heavy weights like this one above. If you’ve already fallen asleep while reading this then chances are you’re not much of a textbook learner and prefer visual learning, so just watch the video instead of regurgitating everything said by the Veritasium crew.

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