Dr James C. Austin’s current and long-term academic interests include general relativity, mainly in chronology protection, and quantum theory, particularly its interpretations. His formal scientific training began as a mature student reading Mathematics and Electronic Engineering at the University of Keele, UK, where he works as a Teaching Fellow. As part of his degree, he also took a subsidiary module in the Philosophy of Science. He also holds a PhD in Diagnostic Ultrasonics. He has published around two dozen articles on time series analysis in chaotic systems, non-destructive testing and cationic polymerisation.