###### 5,499

patrons

Main things to know:

- Pledges are per project; I shoot to produce 1 to 2 per month.
- You get early access to videos.
- Thanks to this support, since the summer of 2018, videos have been kept sponsor-free. This is partly to keep the content just about the math, and partly because the voluntary-direct-payment model creates much better incentive alignment.

If you're here, you probably have some idea of what I'm trying to do with the channel, but it never hurts to say things explicitly. The goal is present math as visually as possible, focusing on topics and intuitions that aren't commonly presented elsewhere, and showing by example how math is a creative pursuit.

If you’ll indulge me in some musing here, I find the idea of voluntary direct payments for the content genuinely fascinating property of the modern internet. It's something I never would have predicted to exist. Typically content is either provided for a price (e.g. movies, college lectures), where incentives are aligned to give people highly valued experiences but there is a barrier to those experiences, or it is supported through ads, which lowers the barrier to consumption but misdirects incentives towards reaching larger numbers of eyeballs, which is only indirectly associated with giving people valued experiences. I wrote more of my thoughts on ad-based models here if you're curious.

As someone who makes videos about math, neither of those seems optimal. It’s very good for things to be free since there should be as low a barrier as possible to people having their enthusiasm for math ignited. But on the other hand, I want everything to be aligned towards crafting deeper experiences that enable people to legitimately engage with math beyond a surface level. Luckily, we somehow live in a world where the content can be free, but it still runs on a direct relationship between creator and consumer, because some people simply choose to pay what they think it's worth.

In short, for this channel, the pay-what-you-feel model is not about giving people a chance to pitch in for content which will exist anyway; it fundamentally changes what that content is for the better.

So for that, thank you. In return, I will do everything I can to produce content that lives up to your vote of confidence, which hopefully causes a meaningful shift in people's perception of math. Also, I'm in pretty desperate need of hiring a full-time caretaker for the pi creatures.

All the best, and keep loving math,

-Grant

##### Tiers

###### Early access

Early access videos, including any future "Essence of" type series, and access to the Patron-only feed. Plus, every time a pledge is made, somewhere in the world a new pi creature is born.

Curious about probability? See __these thoughts.__

###### Double the love, half-off the store

*twice as much*as if you had pledged $1. Think about that, that's 100% more pi creatures fed thanks to people like you.

As thanks, on top of early access for videos, if you are interested in merchandise (like the plushie pi creature), you have access to 50% off pricing.

###### Animation previews

For all you lovely Fourers (Fouriers?), while I'm working on a new video I'll give you __sneak peeks__ of the animations I'm making.

And of course, you get the early access and discount rewards as well.

###### Transformed name animation

###### Description credits

In addition to all previous rewards, I'll include your name (or rather, Patreon user name) in a wall of thanks linked in the description of the videos you support, like this.

###### On-screen credits

For your seriousness about this project, I'll include your name on the screen at the end of all videos that you support.

###### Grothendieck prime

From __this biographical article:__

*In a mathematical conversation, someone suggested to Grothendieck that they should consider a particular prime number. “You mean an actual number?” Grothendieck asked. The other person replied, yes, an actual prime number. Grothendieck suggested, “All right, take 57.”*

Let's just say that he was more on the abstract side of things.

###### Einsteinium

Well, my friend, perhaps you'd prefer to relate to Einstein. You see, the next number in our sequence (which is __http://oeis.org/A000127__, by the way), not only has the privilege of being a Kaprekar number, and the sum of three consecutive cubes, it is also the atomic number of Einsteinium.

###### Prime-generator

Okay, I'll admit it, the only reason I keep adding tiers here is because of an itch to round off to the final power of 2 in the sequence.

Fun fact, look at the polynomial n^2 - n + 41. Despite the relative simplicity of this polynomial (it's only quadratic!), it will produce prime numbers for n = 1...40. It almost feels like magic.

The reason underlying this has to do with the fact that 163 is a __Heegner number__, the largest one in fact.

###### GigaGalactic computer

Also, please enjoy

__this video__on how big 2^256 is.

Main things to know:

- Pledges are per project; I shoot to produce 1 to 2 per month.
- You get early access to videos.
- Thanks to this support, since the summer of 2018, videos have been kept sponsor-free. This is partly to keep the content just about the math, and partly because the voluntary-direct-payment model creates much better incentive alignment.

If you're here, you probably have some idea of what I'm trying to do with the channel, but it never hurts to say things explicitly. The goal is present math as visually as possible, focusing on topics and intuitions that aren't commonly presented elsewhere, and showing by example how math is a creative pursuit.

If you’ll indulge me in some musing here, I find the idea of voluntary direct payments for the content genuinely fascinating property of the modern internet. It's something I never would have predicted to exist. Typically content is either provided for a price (e.g. movies, college lectures), where incentives are aligned to give people highly valued experiences but there is a barrier to those experiences, or it is supported through ads, which lowers the barrier to consumption but misdirects incentives towards reaching larger numbers of eyeballs, which is only indirectly associated with giving people valued experiences. I wrote more of my thoughts on ad-based models here if you're curious.

As someone who makes videos about math, neither of those seems optimal. It’s very good for things to be free since there should be as low a barrier as possible to people having their enthusiasm for math ignited. But on the other hand, I want everything to be aligned towards crafting deeper experiences that enable people to legitimately engage with math beyond a surface level. Luckily, we somehow live in a world where the content can be free, but it still runs on a direct relationship between creator and consumer, because some people simply choose to pay what they think it's worth.

In short, for this channel, the pay-what-you-feel model is not about giving people a chance to pitch in for content which will exist anyway; it fundamentally changes what that content is for the better.

So for that, thank you. In return, I will do everything I can to produce content that lives up to your vote of confidence, which hopefully causes a meaningful shift in people's perception of math. Also, I'm in pretty desperate need of hiring a full-time caretaker for the pi creatures.

All the best, and keep loving math,

-Grant

### Recent posts by 3blue1brown

##### Tiers

###### Early access

Early access videos, including any future "Essence of" type series, and access to the Patron-only feed. Plus, every time a pledge is made, somewhere in the world a new pi creature is born.

Curious about probability? See __these thoughts.__

###### Double the love, half-off the store

*twice as much*as if you had pledged $1. Think about that, that's 100% more pi creatures fed thanks to people like you.

As thanks, on top of early access for videos, if you are interested in merchandise (like the plushie pi creature), you have access to 50% off pricing.

###### Animation previews

For all you lovely Fourers (Fouriers?), while I'm working on a new video I'll give you __sneak peeks__ of the animations I'm making.

And of course, you get the early access and discount rewards as well.

###### Transformed name animation

###### Description credits

In addition to all previous rewards, I'll include your name (or rather, Patreon user name) in a wall of thanks linked in the description of the videos you support, like this.

###### On-screen credits

For your seriousness about this project, I'll include your name on the screen at the end of all videos that you support.

###### Grothendieck prime

From __this biographical article:__

*In a mathematical conversation, someone suggested to Grothendieck that they should consider a particular prime number. “You mean an actual number?” Grothendieck asked. The other person replied, yes, an actual prime number. Grothendieck suggested, “All right, take 57.”*

Let's just say that he was more on the abstract side of things.

###### Einsteinium

Well, my friend, perhaps you'd prefer to relate to Einstein. You see, the next number in our sequence (which is __http://oeis.org/A000127__, by the way), not only has the privilege of being a Kaprekar number, and the sum of three consecutive cubes, it is also the atomic number of Einsteinium.

###### Prime-generator

Okay, I'll admit it, the only reason I keep adding tiers here is because of an itch to round off to the final power of 2 in the sequence.

Fun fact, look at the polynomial n^2 - n + 41. Despite the relative simplicity of this polynomial (it's only quadratic!), it will produce prime numbers for n = 1...40. It almost feels like magic.

The reason underlying this has to do with the fact that 163 is a __Heegner number__, the largest one in fact.

###### GigaGalactic computer

Also, please enjoy

__this video__on how big 2^256 is.