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If you thought multiplication tables at school were hard, imagine multiplying numbers with billions of digits. Shutterstock/Nina Buday

We’ve found a quicker way to multiply really big numbers

To multiply two numbers by hand take a few steps but it's something we're taught in school. When dealing with big numbers, really big numbers, we need to a quicker way to do things.
Some things are just tricky to measure. Flickr/Patty O'Hearn Kickham

It’s not so easy to gain the true measure of things

How useful is the information you get from the measure of any thing? That depends on what you chose measure in the first place, and that's not always clear.
Parents find new methods for learning math challenging, as they are different. But they work for children, building upon what they have learned about numbers and reinforcing the strategy they use for reading. (Shutterstock)

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.
Nature gave us ten fingers, so it makes sense to count to ten. But what happens when we run out of fingers? Flickr/Bethan

Curious Kids: Why do we count to 10?

Why are there 60 minutes in an hour, and not 10? Why do we count up to 10, anyway? Quentin, age five, wants to know.
The evidence shows counting was beyond more than a handful of numbers for Australia’s Indigenous people. Shutterstock/Sam DCruz

Why old theories on Indigenous counting just won’t go away

There is plenty of evidence to show Australia's Indigenous people had ways of counting big numbers, yet the myth persists they couldn't count more than a handful of things. Why?

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