Kyne (she/her/he/him) is a drag queen and math communicator with a degree from the University of Waterloo. She's known online for her (extremely) popular math videos.
How do you describe the videos you make?
I make videos all about math—from riddles, math history, answering questions and filling in the blanks from school, to fun paradoxes and facts! All from a drag queen’s lens.
Why did you want to start making videos in the first place, and why did you decide to start branching into math content?
I first started making YouTube videos in high school when I was 15 years old, as a little hobby to do after school. It was a fun way for me to practice public speaking and practice makeup and express myself! It eventually evolved into drag as I loved being artistic and theatrical with cosmetics. In the meantime, I’d started going to university to study math! During the beginning of lockdowns in 2020, I decided to try combining math with my drag videos, just for a laugh! And people loved it.
For a new viewer, what one video would you recommend they start with?
Gosh it’s hard to pick just one, but I think a good contender would be my video on how folding a piece of paper in half 42 times would reach a thickness that’s about the distance from the Earth to the Moon. It’s as easy as multiplying by 2, and yet so astounding and mind-blowing. It really captures the imagination and gets you warmed up to start thinking of math as fun and interesting.
What's been challenging or surprising about making math-related videos?
It’s surprising just how many people are interested in learning about math. Math has such a bad rep as being many people’s least-favourite subject from school, and maybe that’s because of the way it’s taught. But surprisingly, many people are interested in learning math when it’s presented in an entertaining, relatable way.
What would you like LGBTQ+ scientists to know about your videos?
That if my audience is any indication, the future will be filled with bright young minds that are not only curious, but also diverse and progressive.