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London Mathematical Society Student Texts


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1. Introduction; 2. Review of tensor algebra; 3. Lorentzian spinors at a point; 4. Spinor fields; 5. Compactified Minkowski space; 6. The geometry of null congruences; 7. The geometry of twistor space; 8. Solving the zero rest mass equations I; 9. Sheaf cohomology; 10. Solving the zero rest mass equations II; 11. The twisted photon and Yang-Mills constructions; 12. The non-linear graviton; 13. Penrose's quasi-local momentum; 14. Cohomological functionals; 15. Further developments and conclusion; Appendix: The GHP equations.

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This book is an introduction to twistor theory and modern geometrical approaches to space-time structure at the graduate or advanced undergraduate level.


' ... the book is recommended to anyone seeking to get acquainted with the area.' American Scientist ' ... a certain amount of preliminary knowledge is assumed of the reader ... but anyone who has these prerequisites and who is interested in twistor theory could hardly do better than to start with this book.' Contemporary Physics 'In all, the book provides a pleasant starting point for the study of this fascinating subject.' Dr F. E. Burstall, Contemporary Physics

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