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Thomas Hair, PhD

Associate Professor
Dept of Mathematics
Office: Seidler Hall SH - 207
Phone: 239-590-7178
Email: twhair@fgcu.edu

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Research and Teaching Interests

My recent research examines how advanced civilizations, if they exist at all, would spread themselves out in both time and space. For example, we know from the historic rate of star formation that the galaxy has been capable of producing planets with environments like ours for almost five billion years. This would strongly suggest that if we are not alone within the galaxy that many civilizations could have had an enormous head start. My computer simulations suggest the first intelligences to emerge could have had whole geologic epochs to explore every nook and cranny of the galaxy long before our emergence.

Publications

Conference Presentations

  • Spatial Dispersion of Interstellar Civilizations: a Probabilistic Site Percolation Model in Three Dimensions, Joint meeting of the American Mathematical Association and the Mathematical Association of America, Boston, Massachusetts, 5 January 2012.
  • Temporal Dispersion of the Emergence of Intelligence: an Inter-arrival Time Analysis, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Astrobiology Science Conference, Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, Georgia, 13 April 2012.
  • Destinations and Habitats, Proceedings of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency 100 Year Starship Study Symposium, Houston, Texas, 14 September 2012.
  • Time and Distance Solutions, Proceedings of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency 100 Year Starship Study Symposium, Houston, Texas, 15 September 2012.
  • Temporal and Spatial Considerations in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, 37th Annual Suncoast Regional Mathematical Association of America Meeting, State College of Florida, Bradenton, Florida, 7 December 2012.
  • Provocative Radio Transients and Base Rate Bias: a Bayesian Argument for Conservatism. Icarus Interstellar Starship Congress, Dallas, Texas, 17 August 2013.
  • Benford's Law of First Digits and the Mass of Exoplanets, Joint Meetings of the American Mathematical Association and the Mathematical Association of America, Baltimore, Maryland, 17 January 2014.
  • Provocative Radio Transients and Base Rate Bias: A Baysian Argument for Conservatism, Joint Meetings of the MAA-Florida Section and the FTYCMA, Edison State College, Fort Myers, Florida, 21 February 2014.
  • Benford's Law of First Digits and the Mass of Exoplanets, Joint Meetings of the MAA-Florida Section and the FTYCMA, Edison State College, Fort Myers, Florida, 22 February 2014.

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