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Dr John Shanks

Office: Science III, room 513
Phone: 479-7778

Research Interests

Dr Shanks’ research interests focus on numerical methods in general, but specifically on acceleration techniques and methods for integration. He has recently written several papers on aspects of the history of numerical analysis, and, as the author of the department’s Mathercize and Mastery Test software, is also analysing the benefits of both systems.

Due to upcoming retirement, Dr Shanks is no longer accepting research supervision.

Selected publications

  • Shanks, J. A. (2007). Probability in action: The red traffic light. Journal of Statistics Education, 15(1). Retrieved from
  • Carr, D., & Shanks, J. (2006). Bridging mathematics for Clothing and Textile Sciences. In R. Spronken-Smith (Ed.), Proceedings of the Spotlight on Teaching at Otago Conference. (pp. 7). Dunedin, New Zealand: HEDC, University of Otago. Abstract
  • Shanks, J. A. (2003). Horner in the corner. Function, 27(5), 131-138.
  • Shanks, J. A. (1996). Buffon's paperclip. Function, 20(5), 152-159.
  • Kavalieris, L., Lam, F. C., Roberts, L. A., & Shanks, J. A. (Eds.). (1996). Proceedings of the A C Aitken Centenary Conference, Otago Conference Series No 5. Dunedin: University of Otago Press.