I’m a mathematician whose hobby is origami. It has inspired mathematicians to solve problems once thought impossible, and create folding telescope lenses, airbags and solar panels.

Maths prepares students for the ultimate test — life beyond school. Maths is everywhere, regardless of where life leads you. The more maths you learn, the better you can understand the world.

Why might maths students’ performance suffer from relying on videos? A new study suggests we might be conditioned to watch video in a way that hinders the sort of thinking needed in maths.

An analysis of data from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) has found the gender gap in maths tests increased where papers contained more multiple choice questions.

We’re told jobs requiring science and maths skills are growing faster than others. But industry reports also highlight human skills will be more important in the age of automation.

The proportion of students choosing advanced maths subjects has declined sharply in the last 20 years. Australia also has some of the highest rates of maths teachers outside their field of expertise.

Decolonising mathematical sciences is possible. The answer lies in rediscovering existing African examples of teaching maths and including them in the Western body of knowledge.

Overall, participation in STEM careers activities is low, with less than 30% of UK 11- to 14-year-olds reporting having taken part in 2017.

Studying maths is likely to make you smarter and more employable.

Maths anxiety can be made a thing of the past, as new research shows.

Autistic and artistic, you can be both.

Can you outsmart our maths mastermind? The solution’s in.

Make maths more fun with these tips

Recruiting specialist teachers takes more than just encouraging them to study science and maths at university. Governments and wider society needs to come on board too.

Math instruction is stuck in the last century. How can we change teaching methods to move past rote memorization and help students develop a more meaningful understanding – and be better at math?

Indigenous students who graduate from university have slightly higher full-time employment prospects than their non-Indigenous peers.

We don’t know what knowledge we’ll need in the future, and that’s where maths research comes in.

Lowering maths prerequisites to study science, engineering and commerce at university has led to students playing catch up for years. This should be fixed.

Africa has deep-rooted problems: poverty, disease, corruption and war. Could these be solved through mathematical science?

School leavers are less well prepared to enter STEM courses at university, while many finish high school with no science study at all.