Apoorva Panidapu

Jun 6, 2023

23 stories

Gems in STEM

The idea of achieving fair distribution is a crucial question to answer, for government, politics, and life now and in the future. Does the perfect distribution even exist? Find out below!
Ever get annoyed that your beautiful face gets blurry when you try to share or post your high-quality selfies? Let me tell you who’s to blame: crummy compression! Join me to investigate why compressing signals is a pain in the sparse as we explore the process behind it.
Before casting our ballots, we’ll explore the mathematics of voting by looking at types of ballots and determining criteria for fairness.
Does size matter? It’s an age-old question. To find the answer, we’ll explore the magic (aka science) behind quantum dots and their unique optical properties that let them shine in the spotlight.
You aren't popular. Sorry, but it's a mathematically proven fact...or is it? Read on to learn about the friendship paradox (and how it can help fight off infectious diseases)!
You're an incredible artist. Seriously, that tear you cried the other day? A literal masterpiece. What do you mean what am I talking about? Every tear has a stunningly unique microscopic structure—read on to learn more!
What is AI? How is it changing the world all around us? Is it really going to lead to a technological doomsday? We take a comprehensive look at all things AI and understand what it means for the future—all the while making sure we get there ethically.
Through a virtual elliptical cardio workout, we discuss the basics of elliptic curves.
This week, we continue our conversation about a geometry that makes the world go round: spherical geometry! We talk more about how it helps map our vacation flights and how it differs from traditional geometry taught in school.
Join me to explore the geometry that we owe our vacation flights to: spherical geometry! Studied for thousands of years, it was crucial to discovering the world as we know it, used by navigators to explore the world and by astronomers to map the stars and planets.
Last time, we talked about classic symmetric cryptography, and this week we'll focus on a more advanced method of encryption that allows us to pass secret messages a lot more practically and efficiently: Diffie-Hellman!
Cryptography is everywhere we look, helping to secure our information and data. Join me below to learn about some classic forms of encryption and how it's being used today!
The Liar’s Paradox is one of the most famous, everlasting, and debated paradoxes in logic. If I say: "This statement is false." Is it false? Is it true? Find out below!
Tessellations are everywhere we look–but we often don't think about the deep group theory and symmetry found beneath the tiles.
The abacus has an incredibly rich history–one that not many people are aware of. How did it turn from a counting tool to a calculation tool? To learn the answer, read on!
Fractals are beautiful phenomena, both mathematically and artistically, that show up everywhere we look. They have a unique ability to describe "roughness" in the world, from nature to economics to the human body.
Join me in this introduction to the concept of partitions, and how such a simple idea can get very complicated very quickly, with deep answers to simple questions and beautiful applications.
Apoorva Panidapu

Apoorva Panidapu

Math, CS, & PoliSci @ Stanford. Advocate for youth & gender minorities in STEAM. Winner of Strogatz Prize for Math Communication & Davidson Fellows Laureate.