VIDEO: Poets of Destruction, Slo Mo Guys Measure How Fast Glass Cracks

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The Slo Mo guys Guys all about the visual feast of destruction. Their video takes place in the moments between moments of transformation. Wether it’s a once seemingly unbreakable object transforming into a pile of rubble, the Slo Mo guys have brought us into the microsecond in between the two states we get worried about. Having taken us into the visuals, they guys — Gavin Free and Daniel Charles Grunchy — now take us into the finer details of the transformation between an objects two unavodiable forms, and explore how long it takes glass to crack.

Specifically “5 millimetre tempered glass”, and they want to know how long it takes the crack in said glass to spread long enough to cause the glass’s destruction. So essentially they are charting the measure of time it takes for the matter to transform, treating the inbetween moments as their own moments worthy of study.

The guy take the glass and break it with pliers. They then study the footage, and the video is worth watching for the footage itself. The broken glass resembles something beautiful, like a snowfall from another dimension. The worlds within worlds are beautiful, unseen and worthy of study.

The guys then color the glass a rainbow of hues and break it that way in order to better see the cracks and to better study them spreading. Again the world in between worlds is majestic and poetic, showing us the very tiny worlds we are made of, and the bigger worlds we make up when we take into account our small force within the populace. Wether intended or not, it’s a poetic show.

This is a beautiful world worthy of celebration.


But in the end, the Slo Mo Guys were not here to wax philosophical. They were here to tell us the speed at which glass breaks.

So without further ado:

Thank you, my slow motion brethren. Thank you.

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