Matt Parker is creating Mathematics Videos
992

patrons

$3,749
per month
I am an ex-highschool-maths-teacher and current stand-up comedian and mathematics author. In addition to my occasional appearances on the BBC, Discovery and Numberphile (all of which I love and will keep doing), I believe that my own regular videos and the online community which nucleates around them are a valuable resource for getting people into mathematics and keeping them there. If you believe that as well, you can help make it happen.

Mathematics videos on youtube are important because they inspire proto-mathematicians who are otherwise being ground-down at school. And they give people bored at work something to watch during lunch. But making good videos is time-consuming and expensive.

So far I have cobbled my Stand-up Maths youtube channel together with old equipment I already had and whatever free-time I could afford. Which has grown quickly to 150k+ subscribers. But to make it sustainable, I need help. Put simply: d(quality)/d(cash) > 0.

With money I can get better equipment, dedicate more time and ultimately do more ambitious projects. But as always, watching and sharing the videos is the best support, so don't feel peer-pressured into giving me money you don't have. The videos will always be free for everyone, and with as few ads as possible.
Tiers
Pledge $1.11 or more per month
368 patrons
The "non-zero support" level. I appreciate any support > 0, and know a lot of people cannot afford much more than epsilon dollars. So for $1.11 you get my cash-invariant appreciation, access to my patron-exclusive behind-the-scenes updates and a free high-five collectable in person*.

*See me at a show or public event and shout "high five" while holding up a hand. Please have the necessary paperwork to prove your patreon support in the other hand.
Pledge $3.14 or more per month
431 patrons
The "irrational support" level. As well as patreon updates and high fives you get regular videos of me talking about recent videos, answering questions emailed in by irrational supporters and deleted scenes from my videos.
I’ll also email you a christmas card once a year. You can print it out at any scale you fancy. But if you print it with the wrong aspect ratio I WILL HUNT YOU DOWN.
Pledge $6.28 or more per month
65 patrons
The "overly-irrational support" level. Honestly, this is just for all the people who go on about how τ > π. Aka 'people who are wrong'. If you give me tau dollars/month, you get exactly the same as the pi people but once a month I will email you a new photo of me looking disappointed with you.
Pledge $11.11 or more per month
76 patrons
The "statistically-significant support" level. Now you're making a difference! Everything from the irrational level plus I'll sign and post a physical christmas card to you. I'll also send you a birthday email whenever your age increments*.

*For security reasons, I suggest giving me a fake birthday which is close enough to your real one. I will be emailing a photo of me holding a sign saying "happy birthday <<YOUR NAME>>" so maybe don't give a fake name as well.
Pledge $31.41 or more per month
24 patrons
The "transcendental support" level. You are officially the wind beneath my wings. You are why I can spend my days making mathematics videos. As a token sign of my exponential appreciation, you can have everything from the statistically-significant level plus I'll post you a signed birthday card, send you a christmas present, put your name in the description of my videos once a month, give you free tickets to any of my live shows* and once a year you can request me to record a video message (with any content you request and I deem non-offensive). Should we ever be at the same event, I'll go out of my way to find you and say hello.

*If I'm the main performer at a public show which is not sold-out and you ask in advance: I'll put your name on the guest list for you++.
Pledge $111.11 or more per month
3 patrons
The "giving something back" level. At this point you don't care about rewards; you've probably made a lot of money using mathematics and now you want to give something back. Well: tough. I'm still showing my appreciation. You get everything from below and once a month I'll post you something from Maths Gear. Either keep it or give it to someone else to inspire them. I can send them straight to a school of your choosing if you wish.
Goals
$3,749 of $6,283 per month
The Tau-Thousand-Dollars Achievement. At this level, I’ve made it. Even with how crazy expensive it is to produce quality studio and location videos, after all costs I’ll still be able to pay myself. If the mathematics-video-loving community hits this goal I can make it my job to produce quality content for them. I’ll be able to look other work offers in the eye and tell them to go away: I’ve got maths to yell at a camera.
If we unlock this achievement: for all of my supporters I will take a photo of me holding their name, print it out, sign it and post it to them. Yes, supporters at all levels. Even if it means I temporarily make a loss on some of you. I don't care. I love you all that much.*
*My love is a function of money received. I don’t love you all that much yet. Sorry you had to hear it this way.
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I am an ex-highschool-maths-teacher and current stand-up comedian and mathematics author. In addition to my occasional appearances on the BBC, Discovery and Numberphile (all of which I love and will keep doing), I believe that my own regular videos and the online community which nucleates around them are a valuable resource for getting people into mathematics and keeping them there. If you believe that as well, you can help make it happen.

Mathematics videos on youtube are important because they inspire proto-mathematicians who are otherwise being ground-down at school. And they give people bored at work something to watch during lunch. But making good videos is time-consuming and expensive.

So far I have cobbled my Stand-up Maths youtube channel together with old equipment I already had and whatever free-time I could afford. Which has grown quickly to 150k+ subscribers. But to make it sustainable, I need help. Put simply: d(quality)/d(cash) > 0.

With money I can get better equipment, dedicate more time and ultimately do more ambitious projects. But as always, watching and sharing the videos is the best support, so don't feel peer-pressured into giving me money you don't have. The videos will always be free for everyone, and with as few ads as possible.

Recent posts by Matt Parker

Tiers
Pledge $1.11 or more per month
368 patrons
The "non-zero support" level. I appreciate any support > 0, and know a lot of people cannot afford much more than epsilon dollars. So for $1.11 you get my cash-invariant appreciation, access to my patron-exclusive behind-the-scenes updates and a free high-five collectable in person*.

*See me at a show or public event and shout "high five" while holding up a hand. Please have the necessary paperwork to prove your patreon support in the other hand.
Pledge $3.14 or more per month
431 patrons
The "irrational support" level. As well as patreon updates and high fives you get regular videos of me talking about recent videos, answering questions emailed in by irrational supporters and deleted scenes from my videos.
I’ll also email you a christmas card once a year. You can print it out at any scale you fancy. But if you print it with the wrong aspect ratio I WILL HUNT YOU DOWN.
Pledge $6.28 or more per month
65 patrons
The "overly-irrational support" level. Honestly, this is just for all the people who go on about how τ > π. Aka 'people who are wrong'. If you give me tau dollars/month, you get exactly the same as the pi people but once a month I will email you a new photo of me looking disappointed with you.
Pledge $11.11 or more per month
76 patrons
The "statistically-significant support" level. Now you're making a difference! Everything from the irrational level plus I'll sign and post a physical christmas card to you. I'll also send you a birthday email whenever your age increments*.

*For security reasons, I suggest giving me a fake birthday which is close enough to your real one. I will be emailing a photo of me holding a sign saying "happy birthday <<YOUR NAME>>" so maybe don't give a fake name as well.
Pledge $31.41 or more per month
24 patrons
The "transcendental support" level. You are officially the wind beneath my wings. You are why I can spend my days making mathematics videos. As a token sign of my exponential appreciation, you can have everything from the statistically-significant level plus I'll post you a signed birthday card, send you a christmas present, put your name in the description of my videos once a month, give you free tickets to any of my live shows* and once a year you can request me to record a video message (with any content you request and I deem non-offensive). Should we ever be at the same event, I'll go out of my way to find you and say hello.

*If I'm the main performer at a public show which is not sold-out and you ask in advance: I'll put your name on the guest list for you++.
Pledge $111.11 or more per month
3 patrons
The "giving something back" level. At this point you don't care about rewards; you've probably made a lot of money using mathematics and now you want to give something back. Well: tough. I'm still showing my appreciation. You get everything from below and once a month I'll post you something from Maths Gear. Either keep it or give it to someone else to inspire them. I can send them straight to a school of your choosing if you wish.