Professor's Home Page Dr. Alec E. Aitken Associate Professor. B.Sc., M.Sc.(Queen's), Ph.D.(McMaster) Office Room 283A Arts Building. Telephone number (306) http://tmsyn.wc.ask.com/r?t=an&s=hb&uid=24312681243126812&sid=343126
Extractions: Alexander Aitken was the greatest mathematician of his era and possessed an astonishing computational brain that could complete challenges that today are modestly reserved for the most complex computers. As one of the most remarkable mathematical brains of all time, Aitken could recite Pi to 707 decimal places, multiply two nine digit numbers in his head in 30 seconds, and render fractions to 26 decimal places in under five seconds. Phenomenal Memory and Brain Almost mystical acts which would appear more at home as part of a magic show were put to use by Aitken to advance mathematical knowledge and impress amazed undergraduates at Edinburgh University, Scotland, where he spent most of his working life. He was born in Dunedin, New Zealand on April 1 1895. Aitken's phenomenal skill in mental arithmetic made him the greatest mental calculator for whom there is any reliable record. In psychological tests in Britain in the 1920s he took thirty seconds to multiply 987,654,321 by 123,456,789 and produce the correct answer: 121,932,631,112,635,269. Asked to render the fraction 4/47 as a decimal, he waited four seconds and answered: "Point 08510638297872340425531914 and thats as far as I can carry it."
Aitken Biography of alec aitken (18951967) alec aitken s family on his father sside were from Scotland, and on his mother s side were from England. http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Mathematicians/Aitken.html
Extractions: Version for printing Alec Aitken 's family on his father's side were from Scotland, and on his mother's side were from England. Alec's mother, Elizabeth Towers, emigrated with her family to New Zealand from Wolverhampton, England, when she was eight years old. Alexander Aitken, Alec's grandfather on his father's side, had emigrated from Lanarkshire in Scotland to Otago in New Zealand in 1868, and began farming near Dunedin. Alec's father, William Aitken, was one of his fourteen children and William began his working life on his father's farm. However he gave this up and became a grocer in Dunedin. William and Elizabeth had seven children, Alec being the eldest. He attended the Otago Boys' High School in Dunedin, where he was head boy in 1912, winning a scholarship to Otago University which he entered in 1913. Surprisingly, although he had amazed his school friends and teachers with his incredible memory, he had shown no special mathematical abilities at school. He began to study languages and mathematics at university with the intention of becoming a school teacher but his university career was interrupted by World War I. In 1915 he enlisted in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force and served in Gallipoli, Egypt, and France, being wounded at the battle of the Somme. His war experiences were to haunt him for the rest of his life. After three months in hospital in Chelsea, London, he was sent back to New Zealand in 1917. The following year he returned to his university studies, graduating in 1920 with First Class Honours in French and Latin but only Second Class Honours in mathematics in which he had no proper instruction. In the year he graduated, Aitken married Mary Winifred Betts who was a botany lecturer at Otago University. They had two children, a girl and a boy.
Author Auteur BELL, Trevor, Department of Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St.John s, NF A1B 3X9; aitken, alec E., Department of Geography, University of http://www.ggl.ulaval.ca/cgi-bin/consultau.cgi?636&
Ss19 B21 Bell *, Trevor, aitken, alec E., and Pollard, Wayne H. Variations inSedimentary Environments and Macrofossil Assemblages during Postglacial Emergence http://www.ggl.ulaval.ca/Quebec1998/ss19.html
Extractions: The Compassionate Computer: Alec Aitken and his significance for statistics. Christopher G. Small Abstract: In most statistics books Alexander Craig Aitken gets only a footnote. This is in keeping with the nature of a man whose talents and influence were great but whose character was more restrained. In this talk I shall review Alec Aitken's life and work, and consider his importance for statistics.
Founhistory Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of Waterloo, The CompassionateComputer. alec aitken and his significance for statistics. abs. http://www.math.uwaterloo.ca/~schenour/founhistory.html
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IML alec E. aitken. aitken, AE, R. GILBERT, 1989. Holocene nearshore environmentsand sealevel history in Pangnirtung Fiord, Baffin Island, NWT, Canada. http://www.qc.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/iml/bibliographie/anglais_bk2/AuthorsIML_AITKEN_433.
Extractions: @import url(/screen.css); Bibliography Home page Authors Index Species Index Categories list Maurice Lamontagne Institute Alec E. AITKEN AITKEN, A.E. , R. GILBERT, 1989. Holocene nearshore environments and sea-level history in Pangnirtung Fiord, Baffin Island, N.W.T., Canada. Arctic Alp. Res., 21(1): 34-44 . AITKEN, A.E. , M.J. RISK, J.D. HOWARD, 1988. Animal-sediment relationships on a subarctic intertidal flat, Pangnirtung Fiord, Baffin Island, Canada. J. Sediment. Petrol., 58: 969-978 . AITKEN, A.E. , M.J. RISK, 1988. Biotic interactions revealied by macroborings in arctic bibalve molluscs. Lethaia, 21: 339-350 . Last Updated : 2004-07-21 Important Notices
Alec Aitken: Master Teacher Award Master Teacher Award Winner. Fall 2003 alec aitken. Photo of alec aitken.The Master Teacher Award was established to emphasize the importance of teaching http://www.usask.ca/communications/awards/aitken.shtml
Extractions: Alec Aitken The Master Teacher Award was established to emphasize the importance of teaching at the University of Saskatchewan, to recognize and to honour those faculty members who excel in teaching. The Selection Committee has named Professor Alec Aitken of the Department of Geography to be the recipient of this prestigious award at this Convocation. Professor Aitken earned his Bachelor of Science in Geography and Biology at Queen's University in 1980 and his Ph.D. at McMaster University in 1987, joining the Department of Geography at this university in 1994; he was promoted to Associate Professor the following year. Professor Aitken has a comprehensive knowledge of his discipline and has demonstrated excellence in research, publishing regularly in the leading journals in physical geography, geology, and earth sciences. More significantly for this award, Professor Aitken has demonstrated superior teaching at a variety of levels and to many groups. As measured by student evaluations, Alec is consistently assessed as the best professor in his department. An exhaustive evaluation by one of his peers concludes: "My teaching evaluation and review of course materials confirmed a clear sense I had gained in my conversations with students over the years - Professor Aitken is an excellent instructor with a great commitment both to his area of research and to teaching." "Professors like Alec are an asset to this university," writes one of his students. Other students support this judgement in their written comments: "It has been a pleasure being in this class." "I appreciated that the instructor would volunteer his time to take the class on field trips." "It's nice to get a prof every once in a while who loves what he's teaching." "He gets excited about what he teaches which is rare lately." "I give Dr. Aitken and the course top marks!" "He is the best professor the Geography Department has to offer, and one of the best I have ever had." "It was refreshing to have a professor who displayed such dynamism while teaching." Added to these commendations, students consistently call Alec's classes "important." "This class was the best, most interesting class that I have ever taken."