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(Chinese characters)
Hai3 nei4 cun2 zhi1 ji3, tian1 ya2 ruo4 bi3 lin2
``If there is someone in the world who truly understands you, then wherever you go, they will always be beside you.''

The quote above is a very famous line from a poem. If you think you know Chinese poetry very well, see if you can remember the next line of the poem. Click here to check and see if you remembered it correctly (as well as the author and title of the poem).

my mug shot David Hiebeler
Professor of Mathematics

Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics
236 Neville Hall
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469-5752

Phone: 207-581-3924
Newton's method solving complex equation


My research and outreach activities are mainly done through my SPEED Lab group (Spatial Population Ecological and Epidemiological Dynamics); links to various information about my teaching, research, etc. should be over on the left (or possibly at the bottom of the page if your browser doesn't do CSS). If you are a student interested in working with me, please contact me. I try to have students (undergraduate and graduate) involved in my research group as much as possible.

After scanning the Internet for 15 years, I have finally published a paper (DOI 10.1016/j.jtbi.2017.01.035) modeling the spread of malicious software (computer worms) through networks with clustered distributions of susceptible computer hosts.

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Here are some links that I believe are more useful/popular, and wanted to keep highlighted on the front page.


I've reorganized my web pages; below are some odds and ends which I haven't put into the new framework yet, so for now they'll stay here.

"Man passes through the present with his eyes blindfolded. He is permitted merely to sense and guess at what he is actually experiencing. Only later when the cloth is untied can he glance at the past and find out what he has experienced and what meaning it has had."
-Milan Kundera, "Nobody Will Laugh", in Laughable Loves

"A year indoors is a journey along a paper calendar; a year in outer nature is the accomplishment of a tremendous ritual."
-Henry Beston, The Outermost House, 1928.

Into every empty corner, into all forgotten things and nooks, Nature struggles to pour life, pouring life into the dead, life into life itself. That immense, overwhelming, relentless, burning ardency of Nature for the stir of life! And all these her creatures, even as these thwarted lives, what travail, what hunger and cold, what bruising and slow-killing struggle will they not endure to accomplish the earth's purpose? and what conscious resolution of men can equal their impersonal, their congregate will to yield self life to the will of life universal?
-Henry Beston, The Outermost House, 1928.

The tenacity of life