Dr. Stephen Muir’s dissertation slightly expanded the theory of Gibbs/equilibrium measures in classical lattice models of statistical physics (“Zd actions”). He came to the university in 2016 from Montana Tech, and has also taught at the University of California, Riverside. His mathematics interests center on applications to dynamical systems theory and the mathematical foundations of physics. Recent work includes discrete math and combinatorics and so-called “machine learning” techniques. His Erdos number is 3.
At the University of Providence, he designed a new course on “Contemporary Math” (for liberal arts majors!), and strengthened the sequence between linear algebra and real analysis for math majors. Courses on probability theory, machine learning, and “chaotic” dynamical systems are on the horizon–big, bold, and excellent! He is an active participant in the faculty discussions on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.
In college, Dr. Muir minored in Chinese, and was the flyhalf (quarterback!) for the Whitman Reaper rugby team. He enjoys traditional kung fu training for health and longevity, mountain sports, and gardening.
BA, Whitman College
MA, University of North Texas
PhD, University of North Texas
“Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”
-Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Ulysses,” 1842