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


  • 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)


  • 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


  • 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.

Aileen Fisher

Aileen Fisher was a writer of children’s picture books and poetry, as well as biographies, Bible themed books, plays, and articles for magazines and journals. In 1978 she was awarded the second National Council of Teachers of English Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children.

Born: September 9, 1906, USA

Died: December 2, 2002, USA

Poetry collections:

  • The Coffee-Pot Faces, McBride Company, 1933
  • Up the Windy Hill: A Book of Merry Verses with Silhouettes, Abelard Press, 1953
  • My Cat Has Eyes of Sapphire Blue, Crowell, 1973
  • Feathered Ones and Furry, HarperCollins, 1979
  • Rabbits, Rabbits, Harper & Row, 1983
  • Always Wondering: Some Favorite Poems of Aileen Fisher, HarperCollins, 1991
  • You Don’t Look Like Your Mother, Mondo, 2001
  • I Heard a Bluebird Singing; Cullinan, Bernice (compiler); Boyds Mills Press; 2002

Natural history:

  • All on a Mountain Day Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1956
  • Going Barefooted, Crowell, 1960
  • Summer of Little Rain, Thomas Nelson, 1961
  • Where Does Everyone Go?, Crowell, 1961
  • Listen, Rabbit, T. Y. Crowell, 1964
  • In the Woods, In the Meadow, In the Sky, Scribner, 1962
  • In the Middle of the Night, Crowell, 1965
  • Valley of the Smallest: The Life of the Shrew, T. Y. Crowell, 1966
  • Feathered Ones and Furry, Harper Collins, 1979
  • The Story Goes On, Roaring Brook Press, 2005


  • A Lantern in the Window, T. Nelson, 1957
  • Going Barefoot, T. Y. Crowell, 1960
  • Secret in the Barrel, Scholastic Books, 1965
  • Best Little House, T. Y. Crowell, 1966
  • My Mother and I, T. Y. Crowell, 1967
  • We Went Looking, T. Y. Crowell, 1968
  • Clean as a Whistle, T. Y. Crowell, 1969

Source: Wikipedia – Aileen Fisher

Upside Down

It’s funny how beetles 
and creatures like that 
can walk upside down 
as well as walk flat.

They crawl on a ceiling 
and climb on a wall 
without any practice 
or trouble at all.

While I have been trying 
for a year (maybe more)
and still I can’t stand 
with my head on the floor. 

~~ Aileen Fisher

The Furry Ones

I like–
the furry ones–
the waggy ones
the purry ones
the hoppy ones
that hurry,

The glossy ones
the saucy ones
the sleepy ones
the leapy ones
the mousy ones
that scurry,

The snuggly ones
the huggly ones
the never, never
ugly ones…
all soft
and warm
and furry.

~~ Aileen Fisher

Baked Chicken Strips

Place sliced chicken breasts in a baking pan. Lightly cover with bread crumbs or cornflakes. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Top with some olive oil or butter pieces.

Bake 45 minutes at 400* F, or until done, with golden crumbs.

Easy Green Salad

Wash, trim, and slice: one head of romaine lettuce, a little green cabbage, some sprouts, a cucumber, and one or two bell peppers. Grate one or two large carrots, and top with dried cranberries.

Serve with your favorite salad dressing.

Roasted Root Vegetables

Line a baking pan with parchment paper.

Trim and slice: carrots, beets, potatoes, and a rutabaga. Pour on some olive oil, or place on top some butter pieces. Sprinkle with salt and Italian seasoning.

Set oven to 400* F, and bake for 40 minutes, or until golden brown.

Hyssop: Why You Need to Plant This Herb

Hyssop is a beautiful, fragrant member of the mint family.

The Amber Lily – Hyssop Seeds

It germinates easily and grows quickly to a height of 30-60 cm and a width of 20-40 cm. It is a decorative, aromatic, shrub-like perennial, with spikes of thin, dark green leaves and blue to purple flowers. The flowers are abundant all summer and fall, and are beautiful in cut flower arrangements.

Start seeds indoors in March; transplant or seed outdoors in April, May, and June. Lightly cover seeds with soil; keep moist. Space 20-40 cm apart. Moderate water, but also drought tolerant. Full sun to partial shade.

Perennial. Attracts butterflies and bees.

The Amber Lily – Hyssop Seeds