3blue1brown is creating animated math videos
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I make videos about math, animated programmatically. I also have an affection for anthropomorphic pi creatures. This channel runs on the voluntary payments of the patrons, and for that, I cannot thank you enough.  Also, they're important for feeding my surprisingly ravenous pi creatures.

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.
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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
$1 or more per Video

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
$2 or more per Video
You'll be helping 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
$4 or more per Video

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
$8 or more per Video
Alright, we're in the big leagues now, beyond the scope of coffee prices (barring some of those crazy 3d foam art lattes).   In addition to previous rewards, if you want, I'll animate the text of your name in some 3b1b-style mathy way.
Description credits
$16 or more per Video
Wow, you are clearly not kidding around when it comes to supporting more videos on math for the world.  It's as if these videos are movies at a theater (note to self, feature-length pi creature saga...).

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
$31 or more per Video
Aha!  You thought it was powers of 2, didn't you?  Looks like someone never saw that early video I did on circle division.

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
$57 or more per Video
While there are no new rewards at this level, you will get to feel a certain connection with one of the greatest mathematicians in recent history, Alexander Grothendieck.


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
$99 or more per Video
Up in this sublime realm where rewards no longer motivate the pledges, perhaps your relationship with math is a bit more applied in spirit than Grothendiek's; a little more motivated by connections to the physical universe.


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
$163 or more per Video

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
$256 or more per Video
And there we are.  Incidentally, can any of you find a nice proof that this is the last power of 2 in the sequence?

Also, please enjoy this video on how big 2^256 is.
I make videos about math, animated programmatically. I also have an affection for anthropomorphic pi creatures. This channel runs on the voluntary payments of the patrons, and for that, I cannot thank you enough.  Also, they're important for feeding my surprisingly ravenous pi creatures.

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
$1 or more per Video

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
$2 or more per Video
You'll be helping 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
$4 or more per Video

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
$8 or more per Video
Alright, we're in the big leagues now, beyond the scope of coffee prices (barring some of those crazy 3d foam art lattes).   In addition to previous rewards, if you want, I'll animate the text of your name in some 3b1b-style mathy way.
Description credits
$16 or more per Video
Wow, you are clearly not kidding around when it comes to supporting more videos on math for the world.  It's as if these videos are movies at a theater (note to self, feature-length pi creature saga...).

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
$31 or more per Video
Aha!  You thought it was powers of 2, didn't you?  Looks like someone never saw that early video I did on circle division.

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
$57 or more per Video
While there are no new rewards at this level, you will get to feel a certain connection with one of the greatest mathematicians in recent history, Alexander Grothendieck.


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
$99 or more per Video
Up in this sublime realm where rewards no longer motivate the pledges, perhaps your relationship with math is a bit more applied in spirit than Grothendiek's; a little more motivated by connections to the physical universe.


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
$163 or more per Video

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
$256 or more per Video
And there we are.  Incidentally, can any of you find a nice proof that this is the last power of 2 in the sequence?

Also, please enjoy this video on how big 2^256 is.