tl;dr Set theorist Asaf Karagila is looking for YouTubers to collaborate.
My colleague and sometime rival Asaf is a top notch young set theorist who works a lot on pushing the frontier of the method of forcing. At one point we were in competition to construct, without using large cardinal assumptions, the first model of set theory where the axiom WISC failed. Asaf won, but as I was working in a different formalism, I still had the satisfaction of arriving at my own solution. This was right at the start of his academic career, and he’s only gone from strength to strength, recently being awarded a prestigious UK Future Leaders Fellowship.
The upshot is, he included explicitly in his Fellowship application that he would produce outreach videos about set theory, and is looking to collaborate with YouTubers with wide reach to achieve this. As he writes:
“There is a clear lack of good videos addressing set theoretic ideas, which I honestly believe that I can make at least somewhat accessible. And hopefully this will make set theory more accessible to the public, or at the very least, to other people interested in mathematics.”
He has set up a contact email if you are a YouTuber:
At the moment I’ve set up an email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, where you can email me. Let me know about your channel, what kind of content you want to make, etc. I cannot make any promises about money, but I’m always happy to advise with regards to content, should the need ever arise.
And if you are not a YouTuber, but want to see some more nitty gritty about what it is that set theorists do nowadays, point them to Asaf’s blog post! Asaf tells me that Numberphile and Tibees have already made contact, but if you are super keen to support the idea, it would help if viewers promoted the idea.
Now, if YouTubers want to make videos about category theory, on the other hand, then, ahem, I don’t mind having a chat 🙂 But they should talk to Asaf first, I don’t want to intercept his efforts!