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Universe in a Nutshell

Universe in a Nutshell

Wait But Why & Kurzgesagt

Discover Your Place in the Universe

4.9 Ratings 6K+ Reviews 50K+ Downloads

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  • Arguably the Best Purchase I've Ever Made Sep 22, 2020

    By Enrich e's son
    I honestly can't remember the last time my curiousity has been so quenched with knowledge. Each animated graphic was aesthetically pleasing and contained a perfectly eye-opening description of the subject matter. My mind got blown with almost every tap. This app is so well crafted. The quality of each design stays remarkable at all sizes and through each frame, and the one-finger slide mechanic is so smooth to navigate the scales. The developers managed to fit hundreds if not thousands of years of human knowledge into such a simple, amazing and digestable app and I couldn't recommend it more. At the time of writing this I think it's wild that there's only one other review but I'll make sure to share my experiences in this app with my friends and teachers (I am a 17 year-old at the moment, though this app is great for all ages) Thanks to Kurzgesagt and all the people who helped make this, I don't know what more I can say that could do this app justice!
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  • Feb 22, 2021

    By Masood Sabir
    This app is definitely worth the money, with objects from the Hubble Deep Field, to The Plank Length, this is the app for people who want to become smart in the fun way. My phone is four years old and it takes two hours of using this app to make it heat up, and only 10% battery is used, but normally other apps fry and kill my phone in mere minutes. I even asked my friends and they also said this is worth the money. Plus, I'm a Kurzgesagt fan, and that kinda makes this even more special!
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  • Astonishing Sep 24, 2020

    By Touchgrind BMX is awesome!
    We are but specks of dust in this extremely vast universe. The size of the universe to a human is not possibly perceivable, and yet this app has managed to make it almost possible. There are cute, funny descriptions of every single object you tap on, and I can stare for hours reading about each thing I tap on and zooming in and out to the smallest thing in the universe, to the universe itself, just barely grasping how small I really am. It is truly an experience to behold. And the fact that there is music and no ads make the whole journey from big to small so much more immersive. I’m so glad I’m helping support In a Nutshell by buying it. This app is a perfect example of their saying “Quality over quantity”. If the price had been one hundred times more, I still would have bought it. Thanks to everyone that made this masterpiece possible, you all deserve it. Kurzgesagt is keeping science beautiful, just how it’s supposed to be.
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  • Feb 3, 2021

    By Blokewithsuperpowers
    An excellent and very thought provoking app that's well worth the asking price, and, the simple interface works perfectly. I'd love to see some kind of calender integration (maybe set up in the same way as the kurzegast calendars, dated from the dawn of man) with links from each subject in the app to when and by whom they were discovered, maybe even making the calendar usable. Great work so far!
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  • Puts my existential crisis into perspective Sep 23, 2020

    By wilmot13
    For those of us that fondly remember that classic space film from 1977...that’s right, I’m talking about “Powers of Ten: A Film Dealing with the Relative Size of Things in the Universe and the Effect of Adding Another Zero,” this app is the ultimate expression of the concepts first popularized in that epic saga. Universe in a Nutshell is packed with astounding detail about objects at every scale in our universe (even more than Katamari Damaci!). It’s a collaboration between two of my favorite explainers-of-things: Tim Urban (“Wait But Why?”) and Kurzgesagt (In a Nutshell). Beautifully illustrated, wittily written and expertly engineered, it’ll expand and contract your mind, ultimately leaving you out of breath as you sip the quantum foam from your piping-hot cup of supernova neutrinos in the restaurant at the end of the universe. I’ll rate it a Googol out of a Googol stars, which turns out to be way, way more than the number of stars in the observable universe.
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  • Arguably the Best Purchase I've Ever Made Sep 22, 2020

    By Enrich e's son
    I honestly can't remember the last time my curiousity has been so quenched with knowledge. Each animated graphic was aesthetically pleasing and contained a perfectly eye-opening description of the subject matter. My mind got blown with almost every tap. This app is so well crafted. The quality of each design stays remarkable at all sizes and through each frame, and the one-finger slide mechanic is so smooth to navigate the scales. The developers managed to fit hundreds if not thousands of years of human knowledge into such a simple, amazing and digestable app and I couldn't recommend it more. At the time of writing this I think it's wild that there's only one other review but I'll make sure to share my experiences in this app with my friends and teachers (I am a 17 year-old at the moment, though this app is great for all ages) Thanks to Kurzgesagt and all the people who helped make this, I don't know what more I can say that could do this app justice!
    more
  • Feb 22, 2021

    By Masood Sabir
    This app is definitely worth the money, with objects from the Hubble Deep Field, to The Plank Length, this is the app for people who want to become smart in the fun way. My phone is four years old and it takes two hours of using this app to make it heat up, and only 10% battery is used, but normally other apps fry and kill my phone in mere minutes. I even asked my friends and they also said this is worth the money. Plus, I'm a Kurzgesagt fan, and that kinda makes this even more special!
    more
  • Astonishing Sep 24, 2020

    By Touchgrind BMX is awesome!
    We are but specks of dust in this extremely vast universe. The size of the universe to a human is not possibly perceivable, and yet this app has managed to make it almost possible. There are cute, funny descriptions of every single object you tap on, and I can stare for hours reading about each thing I tap on and zooming in and out to the smallest thing in the universe, to the universe itself, just barely grasping how small I really am. It is truly an experience to behold. And the fact that there is music and no ads make the whole journey from big to small so much more immersive. I’m so glad I’m helping support In a Nutshell by buying it. This app is a perfect example of their saying “Quality over quantity”. If the price had been one hundred times more, I still would have bought it. Thanks to everyone that made this masterpiece possible, you all deserve it. Kurzgesagt is keeping science beautiful, just how it’s supposed to be.
    more
  • Feb 3, 2021

    By Blokewithsuperpowers
    An excellent and very thought provoking app that's well worth the asking price, and, the simple interface works perfectly. I'd love to see some kind of calender integration (maybe set up in the same way as the kurzegast calendars, dated from the dawn of man) with links from each subject in the app to when and by whom they were discovered, maybe even making the calendar usable. Great work so far!
    more
  • Puts my existential crisis into perspective Sep 23, 2020

    By wilmot13
    For those of us that fondly remember that classic space film from 1977...that’s right, I’m talking about “Powers of Ten: A Film Dealing with the Relative Size of Things in the Universe and the Effect of Adding Another Zero,” this app is the ultimate expression of the concepts first popularized in that epic saga. Universe in a Nutshell is packed with astounding detail about objects at every scale in our universe (even more than Katamari Damaci!). It’s a collaboration between two of my favorite explainers-of-things: Tim Urban (“Wait But Why?”) and Kurzgesagt (In a Nutshell). Beautifully illustrated, wittily written and expertly engineered, it’ll expand and contract your mind, ultimately leaving you out of breath as you sip the quantum foam from your piping-hot cup of supernova neutrinos in the restaurant at the end of the universe. I’ll rate it a Googol out of a Googol stars, which turns out to be way, way more than the number of stars in the observable universe.
    more
  • It’s a cool thing to play with but I want more Sep 23, 2020

    By LoreenSdrn
    First of all, it’s cool, especially if like me you like spending time thinking about how many dust mites are in your pillow RIGHT NOW. You should buy this app because it’s the kind of project you should be supporting if you’re into learning and knowledge and other smart stuff. I have some suggestions for the app’s improvement. I’d like to be able to see photos of the things on the app (well maybe not the worm, because everybody knows what worms look like. but all those cool galaxies and animals). I’d also like to have more comparisons of mid- sized things. How many toasters fit in an average house if we fill it from top to bottom with nothing but toasters? I also want to be able to scroll sideways and not just in and out. And I want to be able to make wallpapers of the images in the app. Like the cute pug or the human cube. Those were awesome.
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  • Feb 19, 2021

    By Kris Bennett
    Like the app but the hit boxes are completely out on some items.. for example it is impossible to click on Gomez's hamburger, it keeps bringing up lightyear which is quite a bit below it... There are many others like this too, this one seems to be the most out.
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  • Interesting and barebones Sep 22, 2020

    By Pug.Hud
    The app is fun to look around in but you can tell it is new (as of sept 22). It would be nice to be able to move the images around somewhat, like in a mode where you can move around things in a certain size in order to compare them better. For example it is hard to compare a human with the Apollo capsule when they are slightly diagonal and apart from each other. Also some images are in accurate like with the hydrogen atom. While the actual nucleus would be too small for in the normal zoom mode, it would be nice if it were to scale and you could zoom in on it when you opened up its description. Other than that it is cool to get this info and sense of scale in one place.
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  • Mar 29, 2021

    By Vojtech Sarik
    One of the first things I opened was Marathon and I was disappointed .. Math there is totally wrong.42km in 121 minutes is not 4.5min per mile and mile is not 2.53 km .. what the hell? Second thing I don't like they are using imperial system at all. I sent them mail but no response no fix .. and for the future some narration or even animations that I expected would be nice ...
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  • Feb 25, 2021

    By Jeff Cable
    An interesting idea spoiled by poor control mechanism. Inconsistent touch responses made the whole experience an exercise in irritation. Suggest a single touch point that works. e.g. say... using the name of the feature. This would help when features were at the edge of the field or were getting smaller in the centre. What could help is to place a box around the name showing red when the feature could be activated and indicating where to touch, which is hard to discern and really unreliable.
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  • Feb 14, 2021

    By Mr PeaNut
    It's a pretty decent app plenty of information, good animations but once you've read everything, took me about 1 hour it becomes pretty useless aside from showing a few people. I've also had 3 crashes in this time so it needs so more optimizing.
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  • Beautiful app but... Sep 22, 2020

    By Manicboii
    There’s a couple things missing from the app I’d like to suggest for future improvements. 1) Smooth scrolling. My fist instinct was to quickly swipe right and whizz from Earth to the edge of the Observable Universe. Sure I could use the size bar at the bottom right or just hold my finger on the left or right side of the screen but the Smooth Scrolling feature would greatly improve the experience (compared to tediously swiping the screen) These features should be highlighted in the tutorial. Would like to quickly swipe, stop, and land on something new and random every day. 2) Credits. Just to make this app a one-stop-shop of information it would be helpful to include who discovered the Strange Quark and a year. Some information at the end of each blurb would be far more educational. 3) Graphical Suggestion. A gradient for the background. A darker spot in the middle of the background would, I think, improve the feeling of depth. Will give 5 stars if these updates are implemented. Nonetheless, fantastic app and thank you for your hard work thus far!
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