In this series of posts, we’ll be featuring mathematical video and streaming channels from all over the internet, by speaking to the creators of the channel and asking them about what they do.
We spoke to Toby Hendy, author of the YouTube channel Tibees, which has over a million subscribers.
What is your channel about, and when/why did it start?
Tibees is a channel that covers interesting ideas in science & mathematics, often by showing original documents, including historical papers and exams.
Who are you? Tell us about yourself/your organisation.
I’m Toby Hendy, and I write, host, and edit the videos. I studied physics and mathematics at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and at the Australian National University. The combination of art and science inspires me, and I love finding ways to unite these concepts in my videos.
Who is the intended audience for the channel?
People who want a glimpse into the world of science & mathematics, including students and life-long learners.
What is a typical video like?
At the heart of the channel are my long-form videos, which are 10-20 minutes long. In these, I ‘unbox’ historical papers, theses, and interesting exams from across the world.
I recently began uploading a series of weekly short videos (60 seconds or less) exploring the mathematics of a fourth spatial dimension.
Why should people watch? Why is it different to other mathematical video content?
My approach is to present ideas in a calming and relaxed manner and to discuss topics I don’t see getting much coverage elsewhere.
What are some highlights of the channel so far?
With support from Screen Australia and YouTube, I produced an animated short film called Finding X. This project was rewarding because I was able to show off maths as something that can involve creativity and joy.
What exciting plans do you have for the future?
I’ve got many more YouTube videos on their way and am currently writing a book inspired by my short videos on the fourth dimension.