Julius Sumner Miller: Physics Videos (for all Ages!)

“How do you do, ladies and gentlemen, and boys and girls. I am Julius Sumner Miller, and physics is my business.”

Julius Sumner Miller was the youngest of nine children, born in Massachusetts to Latvian and Lithuanian parents. He graduated with a Master’s degree in physics in 1933. At first he worked as a butler, but was later offered a place in the Physics Department of Dillard University in Louisiana. In 1950 he visited Albert Einstein. In 1952, he joined the he joined the Physics Department of El Camino College in California.

In 1959 he began hosting “Why is it So?” in California, which later became “Demonstrations in Physics”. Later, he appeared on other shows and commercials, and published books on questions from his shows. He died in 1987 of leukemia.

Born: May 17, 1909

Died: April 14, 1987

ALBUMS:

  • Professor Julius Sumner Miller (Professor Wonderful) Relating Stories of Isaac Newton (Walt Disney Productions 1964)
  • Professor Julius Sumner Miller (Professor Wonderful) Relating Stories of Galileo (Walt Disney Productions 1964)
  • Professor Julius Sumner Miller (Professor Wonderful) Relating Stories of Benjamin Franklin (Walt Disney Productions 1964)
  • Professor Julius Sumner Miller (Professor Wonderful) Relating Stories of Michael Faraday (Walt Disney Productions 1964)

BOOKS:

  • Millergrams: Some Enchanting Questions for Enquiring Minds, Ure Smith, 1966
  • The Second Book of Millergrams: Some More Enchanting Questions for Enquiring Minds, Ure Smith, 1967
  • Quiz Questions in Physics, Horwitz-Martin, Australia 1967
  • Physics Fun and Demonstrations, Central Scientific Company, 1968
  • Why It Is So, ABC books, 1971 ISBN 0-642-97296-6
  • Why It Is So: Heat and Temperature, ABC books, 1973 ISBN 0-642-97496-9
  • Why It Is So: Sound and Electricity & Magnetism, ABC books, 1973 ISBN 0-642-97584-1
  • Why It Is So: Mechanics, Heat & Temperature, Sound and Electricity, ABC books, 1978 ISBN 0-642-97523-X
  • The Days of My Life: an autobiography, Macmillan, 1989. ISBN 0-333-50337-6

DEMONSTRATIONS IN PHYSICS:

  • MECHANICS:
  • Lesson 1: The Idea of the Center of Gravity
  • Lesson 2: Newton’s First Law of Motion
  • Lesson 3: Newton’s Second Law of Motion
  • Lesson 4: Newton’s Third law of Motion
  • Lesson 5: Energy and Momentum
  • Lesson 6: Concerning Falling Bodies and Projectiles
  • Lesson 7: The Simple Pendulum, Oscillating Things
  • Lesson 8: Adventures with Bernoulli
  • Lesson 9: Soap Bubbles and Soap Film
  • Lesson 10: Atmospheric Pressure: Properties of Gases
  • Lesson 11: Centrifugal Force and Other Strange Matters
  • Lesson 12: The Strange Behavior of Rolling Things
  • Lesson 13: Archimedes’ Principle
  • Lesson 14: Pascal’s Principle: Properties of Liquids
  • Lesson 15: Levers, Inclined Planes, Geared Wheels and Other Machines

For more videos, check out the Julius Sumner Miller YouTube channel.