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Research My research is in analytic and set theoretic topology and topological dynamics. My particular interests include (in no particular order): generalised metric spaces and monotonicity; Dowker spaces and normality in products; the role of the Axiom of Choice in topology; the construction of counterexamples; topological dynamics; topologies making given mappings continuous; the structure of omega-limit sets; symbolic dynamics of tent maps. I collaborate with a number of colleagues and friends around the world including Auckland, Bristol, Krakow, Oxford, Texas and Toronto.

If you are interested in studying for a postgraduate degree with me, please e-mail me: (my contact details are on my homepage ). There is a lively postgraduate maths group in Birmingham and we encourage applications from around the world. For details of postgraduate courses and how to apply, see the School's Admissions web pages.

Publications: If you know some general topology and dynamics you can get a better idea of the sort of things I am interested in by looking at a list of my publications and preprints. You can find pdfs of most of my papers here. There are also some other publications listed there such as the web resource Being a Professional Mathematician that I helped create with Tony Mann from the University of Greenwich. There is also a YouTube video of me talking about what you can do with a maths degree.

Graduate Students and Postdocs
Lylah Haynes was awarded her PhD in 2006. Her thesis was on Monotonizations of countable paracompactness
Tom Parker was awarded his MPhil in 2007. His thesis was on Sharkovskii's theorem and chaotic dynamical systems.
Andrew Barwell (2007-2010): Andy's thesis, Omega-limit sets of discrete dynamical systems, looked at the topological structure of omega-limit sets.
Syahida binti Che Dzul-Kifli (March 2008-2012): Syahida's thesis title is Chaotic dynamical systems, she looks at questions around Devaney's definition of chaos, in particular density of periodic points.
Amna Ahmed (July 2008-2012): Amna's thesis title is Abstract topological dynamics, she looks at topologies on a countable sets that make a given map continuous and orders on a countable set that make a given map order preserving.
Kyriakos Papadopoulos (2008-2012): Kyriakos's thesis title is Set-theoretic and topological characterizations of ordered spaces, he looks at characterizations of ordinal spaces.

Ziqin Feng will start his FP7 Marie-Curie International Incoming Fellowhip with me in July. We are looking at Hilbert's 13th Problem.

Mathematical Links:
If you don't know any topology then the Topology Atlas is a good place to find out.
I have close links with the Oxford Analytic Topology Group.
The Galway Topology Colloquium is an annual meeting for topologists from Eire, the United Kingdom and elsewhere. It is a deliberately informal meeting where talks do not have to be new research and graduates are particularly encouraged to attend and talk.

why don't the boxes fall over? Dr Chris Good
Senior Lecturer in Pure Mathematics
Room 236, Watson Building
School of Mathematics
The University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 6201 
Enq: +44 (0)121 414 6587
Fax: +44 (0)121 414 3389 

Notice anything about the file boxes?
How far out from the filing cabinet could you balance them?