# Articles on Arithmetic

## From thousands to millions to billions to trillions to quadrillions and beyond: Do numbers ever end?

Here’s a game: Tell a friend to give you any number and you’ll return one that’s bigger. Just add ‘1’ to whatever number they come up with and you’re sure to win.

## AI is our ‘Promethean fire’: using it wisely means knowing its true nature – and our own minds

AI will not become sentient and decide to kill us all. But our own conscious or unconscious beliefs about AI can potentially increase the likelihood of any outcome, including catastrophic ones.

## Arithmetic has a biological origin – it’s an expression in symbols of the ‘deep structure’ of our perception

Humans have been making symbols for numbers for thousands of years. Different cultures developed their own symbols, but all use addition and multiplication, suggesting arithmetic is a universal truth.

## Jump, split or make to the next 10: strategies to teach maths have changed since you were at school

For years you may have been adding and subtracting numbers in your head in a certain way, but these strategies were never formally taught at school. Now they are, and they all have names.

## 4 things we’ve learned about math success that might surprise parents

Your cheat sheet for best practices in teaching math at home. Keep it positive and mask your shock when your child tells you there are many ways to multiply numbers.

## Bees learn better when they can explore. Humans might work the same way

Bees may provide surprising insights into the kinds of environments that are best for learning.

## The ‘new math’: How to support your child in elementary school

You may not know it, but the elementary math wars are raging. Our expert explains the ‘new math’ - why it works for kids, and how to do it.

## Nothing matters: how the invention of zero helped create modern mathematics

Turning zero from a punctuation mark into a number paved the way for everything from algebra to algorithms.

## Back to school? A crucial time for kids’ social and emotional development

The time of transitioning back to school is crucial for both parents and children. Here’s what you can do.