Who Am I?
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Shane Murphy
The 1' and 0's: smmurphy@iastate.edu

Office: Carver 477
Office Hours: Tuesday 11 A.M. - 1 P.M. Friday 9-10 A.M.

To make an appointment outside office hours, please send email. (It is fine to drop by outside office hours, but I may be busy.)

Please feel free to stop by my office casually. Depending on how much I like you, I am usually more interested in talking than studying.
I have put my course schedule up as well.

Teaching -- Fall 2005

This semester I am teaching Math 160 Section A which is held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10-10:50 AM. This class is often referred to as survey of calculus. The course homepage can be found here.

I am a teaching assistant in the Department of Mathematics; I also take classes from the Department of Political Science at Iowa State University. I am treasurer of GASP

Research and other Interests
I am a student in both the Mathematics and the Political Science Departments at Iowa State University. I am interested in understanding and modeling human behavior. In addition to this I would like to understand what mathematics can show us about the true nature of the world. Particularly, I am interested in game theory, logic, modeling (ODEs, etc), fuzzy-ness, and stochastics. I enjoy learning about politics in as much as humans organize themselves into political units. This is not meant to limit my study of human interactions. Otherwise my interest in Political Science is related to my wish to be able to work in the international service industry to help those in need throughout the world. Right now I am studying society and the politics of sub-Sahara Africa in preparation for writing my thesis on political instability in Sierra Leone.

I am writing theses on fuzzy games and on state instability of Sierra Leone. I basically have no interests.

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Photo of Shane Murphy

So whatever you do, don't be bored. This is absolutely the most exciting time we could have possibly hoped to be alive. And things are just starting.

I am a graduate student and TA at Iowa State University. I went to the University of Nebraska - Lincoln for my undergraduate work. I also went to Omaha North High School once. My home is still Omaha, where my mom is a teacher at Lewis and Clark Middle School and my dad is a lot of things, folk singer and carpenter most of all. I have two sisters, and a plastic pet spider. I recently had a stick in my leg.

I have always had an interest in the structures and models that underlie reality. I wonder if there is truly a model which can explain human (or even animal) behavior. Modeling individual behavior is the realm of psychologists (the social science with the greatest extent mathematical foundations). Much of the rest of social science deals with social groupings and human behavior in that context. Intellectually, I am interested in these behaviors at any level, but professionally (and non-exclusively), I find that political groupings are the most immediately arresting. This is especially the case because the study of political science leads to more job opportunities in which I am interested.

Who fears learning? Don't tell me you don't have time to learn. You didn't read Hegel when you were younger? Read it now. Thomas Mann wrote that he would rather participate in life than a hundred stories. Which is better, a book or a person? A person or a TV? A TV or a dream? You make your priorities, you make yourself.
TeX, LaTeX, and AMS-LaTeX
The best way to learn TeX is by going through examples and trying it on your own. There are a multitude of good sites on TeX. I would particularly recommend the
Comprehensive TeX Archive Network and the American Mathematical Society's page on TeX Resources.

Don't complain about lack of options

I am always working on various projects. These are linked to here. I often use Adobe Acrobat Reader to publish on the web I like this picture because it has three things I really like in it: food, children, and collars. Oh wait, make that last one Ayeshas, I like Ayeshas.
Serving from a variety of traditional Islamic foods, senior UNL accounting major Ayesha Ali dishes food into the plate of Ebad Sedat, a member of the Middle Eastern Club from Park Middle School, at Ramadan Night in the Nebraska Union Ballroom. The event was held Friday in celebration of the Muslim holiday. - Photo by Kate Kindt at the Daily Nebraskan

Sometimes people wonder what we, as humans, did before cell phones. How did we get along so disconnected from each other? Isn't it clear? Look around. Do you see everyone else, with their cell phones, i-pods, and laptops? If they didn't exist, you would be in discourse with them. You would say hi, how are you, how are your folks. We are exposed to so much interconnectedness, we are comfortable with very little interconnectedness. If you see me around, say "hi." Don't be put off by gruffness, or the lackadaisical "wazup." Connect.
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"Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in this world for ugly mathematics."

- G. H. Hardy A Mathematician's Apology

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