Far from being a waste of time, making maths education compulsory to 18 could help provide a clearer path to economic prosperity.
Gun control activists rally in front of the White House in Washington DC, earlier this year.
All sides in the debate on gun control in the United States are quick to point to numbers they say back their arguments. But are they playing fair with those figures?
Pi is at the center of all circles.
We know pi appears when we talk about circles. But it appears in many other places, too. Why, pi, why?
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This Pi Day we should celebrate William Jones, the 18th century Welsh farm boy who named the mysterious number.
Mathematicians have long been revealing the beauty in the one of nature's most mysterious numbers.
Pi has an interesting relationship with some other unique constants in mathematics.
On international Pi Day it's time to look at Pi's position in unique formula that's praised much for its beauty in uniting several mathematical constants.
This “pi plate” shows some of the progress toward finding all the digits of pi.
On the occasion of Pi Day, a look at the history of calculating the actual, and increasingly exact, value of pi (π).
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And it's not all down to David Beckham...
Some students will not encounter a trained maths or science teacher until the latter years of secondary school.
Lack of confidence, negative attitudes and low student participation rates are just a few of the challenges maths and science teachers face.
A confused student might not be leaving a math classroom….
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A new book criticizes how and what American math classes are teaching. Singling out math instruction in this age of high-stakes testing and accountability is unsporting.
It’s a lot of grains of sand, but numbers can get a whole lot bigger….
Scientific advances – including the recent discovery of gravitational waves – force us to deal with numbers so extreme they're virtually inconceivable.
The index finger plays a vital role in early learning.
Tracing over maths problems can enhance students’ learning of more advanced mathematical content and multi-step problems.
The frilly forms of corals and sponges are biological variations of hyperbolic geometry, as seen here on the Great Barrier Reef, near Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
The magic and wonder of the mathematics of straight lines in curved spaces is best explained when you look to nature for examples.
Primes: here be magic.
The largest known prime number has been discovered. But what does it all mean?
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You might think statisticians could work out if a player has been cheating – it's not that simple.
Dividing breast cancer cells.
Scientists have found that cancer growth follows the same mathematical law that predicts earthquakes.
Changing attitudes: why is it ‘cool’ to be bad at maths?
You wouldn't feel so confident about claiming you weren't good at reading, so why is it okay to be openly negative about mathematics?
Maths! It can turn poor darts players into slightly better ones.
All dressed up.
Scientists have used maths to explain why some cats' fur makes them look like they're wearing a tuxedo.
The year’s nearly ended, but we’re still not sure how to best fund our universities.
2013 was the year of Gonski; 2014 the year of higher education reform; 2015 has been the year of … hmmm … wait, what actually happened this year? Just a lot of chat really, with much debate, but little…