Gems in STEM: An Introduction to Elliptic Curves

Good MORNING (or afternoon or evening), readers! I am so psyched you’re here and ready to work that brain–now let’s ride! Let’s start off slow by first defining what an elliptic curve is. (To quickly catch you up, we’re going to learn about elliptic curves as though we are in…


Gems in STEM: The Basics of Spherical Geometry (Pt. 2)

Last time, I left you all on a bit of a cliff-hanger (totally my bad). In particular, we had defined the basic tools of spherical geometry (i.e. great circles), but didn’t answer some other questions about other objects on spheres! For example, if there are no straight lines in this…


Gems in STEM: An Intro to Spherical Geometry

Who run the world? Girls! (As Beyonce dictates.) But, I am personally not a good runner, so I want to know the shortest possible distance required to “run” the world. In particular, given any two points on the globe (which we assume is a sphere, for simplicity), I need to…


Gems in STEM: Introduction to Public-Key Cryptography

I remember watching Spy Kids when I was younger and wishing that I, too, was a spy. I would daydream about doing killer gymnastics between sharp red laser beams and flying with those insane gadgets that they somehow let tiny children use. …


Gems in STEM: Quick Intro to Cryptography

Before we get started, let me tell you why I’ve decided that it is my duty to help equip the masses with the basics of cryptography by writing this column. My sister is a major Swiftie and literally every week she claims that Taylor Swift will be releasing something huge…


Gems in STEM: The Liar’s Paradox and Fuzzy Logic

I seem to have found myself in a…complicated situation. I’ll save you from the details of how, but I’m trapped in the Pinocchio movie and I need to find a way to get out. I don’t have the patience to play through the movie, so I just have to find…


Gems in STEM: Tessellations

Before we get started, I need some help. I keep hearing about Harry’s Tiles everywhere I go, and I can’t for the life of me figure out what people are talking about?! Let me give you some examples:

“Wow, did you see that Vogue featured Harry’s Tiles?”


Gems in STEM: The History of the Abacus

Unfortunately, during the pandemic, most of us are unable to enjoy the beaches. It’s a shame we can’t see the beautiful waves, feel the refreshing wind on our faces, and move pebbles between lines in the sand to painstakingly and meticulously count our cattle and goods. What? You don’t do…


Gems in STEM: A Discussion of Fractals

It’s time for our souls to spiral in frozen fractals all around, as Idina Menzel iconically sings in Frozen’s “Let it Go.” In particular, this week we’re taking a look at fractals! …


Gems in STEM: A Discussion of Partitions

Now it’s time for a breakdown… (cue En Vogue’s My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It))

In particular, a breakdown of numbers! Today we’ll be talking about partitions of numbers. At first glance, they’re a fairly simple concept: a partition of a positive number n is a way to break…

Apoorva Panidapu

16 y/o math student, artist, and advocate for youth & gender minorities in STEAM. Winner of Strogatz Prize for Math Communication & Davidson Fellow Laureate.

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