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Bowen Lectures: Curved Twistor Space and General Relativity

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Speaker: Roger Penrose, Oxford
Location: 2 LeConte, UCB
Start time: Wed, Oct 9 2002, 4:00PM

Twistor theory presents unusual insights into the geometry of spacetime and the nature of physical fields. It also provides valuable pure-mathematical techniques in differential geometry, representation theory, and integrable systems. These lectures will be aimed particularly at those applications of twistor theory of relevance to the geometry and physics of the universe. Curved twistor space ideas will be presented in Lecture 3, providing descriptions of anti-self-dual gauge fields and general relativity, and where new "googly" constructions enable the self-dual parts of these fields also to be represented.

Lecture presented at UC Berkeley.