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twistor Line breaks: twist¦or
Pronunciation: /ˈtwɪstə/

Definition of twistor in English:


A complex variable used in some descriptions of space-time.
Example sentences
  • The space arises naturally (as the fiber) in twistor space.
  • Right at the end the reader becomes aware of elaborate setups put in place hundreds of pages back, in anticipation of the spectacular climax - the unveiling of Penrose's best shot at promoting further research into his twistor theory.
  • One of Penrose's major breakthroughs was his introduction of twistor theory in an attempt to unite relativity and quantum theory.

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