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Tim Poston at his residence in Bangalore, India, on 30 May 2016
|Born||19 June 1945|
|Residence||India and Singapore|
|Institutions||National Institute of Advanced Studies
University of California, Santa Cruz
National University of Singapore
|Alma mater||University of Warwick
University of Hull
|Academic advisors||Erik Christopher Zeeman Roger Penrose|
|Known for||Catastrophe theory, Topology|
Timothy "Tim" Poston (born 19 June 1945 in St Albans, Hertfordshire) is an English mathematician best known for his work on catastrophe theory. His 1972 Ph.D at the University of Warwick was directed by Christopher Zeeman on "Fuzzy Geometry". Tim specializes in geometry, graphics, algorithm design, human-computer interaction, medical imaging, patent writing and singularity theory. His books on catastrophe theory and on differential geometry and relativity are still in print after a third of a century.
Less well known was his role as active founding member of COUM Transmissions performance group with Genesis P-Orridge. They studied at Hull University together. Tim Poston wrote texts and advised COUM on physics and maths 1968-1978. Tim Poston remains "Scientific Adviser" to P-Orridge to the present.
- Poston, Tim; Stewart, Ian (1978), Catastrophe Theory and its Applications, Pitman, ISBN 0-273-01029-8
- Tensor Geometry: The Geometric Viewpoint and its Uses with T. J. Dodson 
- "Mathematics Genealogy Project: Tim Poston". North Dakota State University. Retrieved 2009-02-21.
- "Tensor Geometry: The Geometric Viewpoint and its Uses (Graduate Texts in Mathematics) (Hardcover)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-02-21.
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