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Spinors and Space-Time: Volume 2, Spinor and Twistor Methods in Space-Time Geometry

Spinors and Space-Time: Volume 2, Spinor and Twistor Methods in Space-Time Geometry( )
Author: Wolfgang, Rindler
Penrose, Roger
Rindler, Wolfgang
Series title:Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics Ser.
ISBN:978-0-511-52448-6
Publication Date:Dec 2009
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Book Format:Ebook
List Price:USD $140.00
Book Description:

Spinor and Twistor Methods in Space-Time Geometry introduces the theory of twistors, and studies in detail how the theory of twistors and 2-spinors can be applied to the study of space-time. Twistors have, in recent years, attracted increasing attention as a mathematical tool and as a means of gaining new insights into the structure of physical laws. This volume also includes a comprehensive treatment of the conformal approach to space-time infinity with results on general-relativistic...
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Author Biography
Wolfgang, Rindler (Author)
Born in England, the son of a geneticist, Roger Penrose received a Ph.D. in 1957 from Cambridge University. Penrose then became a professor of applied mathematics at Birkbeck College in 1966 and a Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University in 1973.

Penrose, a mathematician and theoretical physicist, has done much to elucidate the fundamental properties of black holes. With Stephen Hawking, Penrose proved a theorem of Albert Einstein's general relativity, asserting that at the center of a black hole there must evolve a "space-time singularity" of zero volume and infinite density, in which the current laws of physics do not apply. He also proposed the hypothesis of "cosmic censorship," which claims that such singularities must possess an event horizon.

In 1969 Penrose described a process for the extraction of energy from a black hole, as well as how rotational energy of the black hole is transferred to a particle outside the hole. In addition, Penrose has done much to develop the mathematics needed to unite general relativity, which deals with the gravitational interactions of matter, and quantum mechanics, which describes all other interactions.

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