While computers are poor at creativity, they are adept at crunching through vast numbers of solutions to modern problems where there are numerous complex variables at play. Take the question of finding the best delivery plan for a distribution company - where best to begin? How many vehicles? Which stretches of road need to be avoided at which times? If you want to get close to a sensible answer, you need to ask a computer.

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Like most people, my knowledge of maths is limited to the skills I need to function in society. (I blame crappy high school teachers for that.) However, the diversity and implications of maths theory is truly fascinating if you're willing to give it a chance. This animated map breaks down the basics.

A national searchable database of both locally available and online science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities is up and running. STARportal is the nation's first dedicated platform connecting students, parents and teachers with STEM events in their local community, as well as online activities.

How many times have you seen a post online or part of your social media feed that says something like “This Math Problem Is Stumping the Whole Internet. Can You Solve It?” or “Apparently 9 out of 10 people get this wrong. Do you know the answer?”

There's a reason why some people get different answers to these frustrating viral maths problems. You need to learn how to "read" the maths.

Many of the killer interview questions we've featured before would apply in any job. For developer roles, you'll often be asked to write code to solve a particular problem. As student Michael Kozakov discovered when being interviewed by Twitter, the kicker is that you have to write not just functional code, but the most efficient code.

Some viral posts on Facebook refuse to die -- especially when they challenge users' intelligence. For the past couple of years, this quiz has been periodically popping up on the social media service to test the mental muscles of more than three million users. Apparently, solving the puzzle proves you have a higher IQ than the average person. Have a plug and see how you go!

Every few years, the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD) assesses the mathematics level of hundreds of thousands of students around the world. In 2000, when the first tests were held, Australia ranked 6th for maths. In the most recent results, we had dropped to 19th. Here's why we need to be literate in maths, and why our failure to do so is spelling bad news for our careers, life choices -- and even our mental health.

Puzzles of logic are one of the best ways to measure your intelligence, quick wits and ability to think outside the box. The following selection of riddles, brain-teasers and numeric sequences are designed to separate the deep thinkers from the dunces. They start off easy and get progressively harder -- best grab a pen and paper!

In 2013, a meeting of academics specialising in teaching first year undergraduate mathematics (known as the FYiMaths network) identified that the broad removal of mathematics prerequisites for many undergraduate degrees had created the biggest challenge they faced in teaching.

School quizzes occasionally contain a puzzle so fiendish that it even stumps intelligent adults. (Teachers have to get their kicks somehow, y'know.) The above brain-teaser recently appeared on an elementary school entrance exam in Hong Kong and quickly went viral. How long will it take you to solve it?

Some riddles are more than just a bit of fun -- they're also an effective intelligence barometer. The following brain-teaser from TED-Ed will test both your maths knowledge and ability to think outside the box. It starts with four people who need to get to the other side of a bridge, each with their own walking speeds and quickly gets complicated...