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There is a great deal of basic information available about String Theory, but very little about alternative theories such as Twistor theory. Can anyone give me, in layman's terms, an idea of the basic premise of Twistor theory and how it works?

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    $\begingroup$ Twistor theory is arcane even by the standards of theoretical physics. I have never seen a layman's guide that made sense and I don't expect ever to see such a thing. The nearest is chapter 33 in Penrose's book The Road To Reality, but even that will make little sense unless you know a fair bit of maths. $\endgroup$ – John Rennie May 14 '14 at 14:46
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Expecting ready-made answers kills the entire fun of learning something on your own and seeing it yourself. The `kick' that you get when you figure things out for yourself, without having anything to prove or show off to anyone, is parallel to none.

``Introduction to Twistor Theory'' - Hugett, Tod, is perhaps the most sane reference for this subject, available on date. That may be a personal opinion, but I prefer well-grounded textbooks who adopt a cautious approach towards introducing a discipline, rather than popular textbooks who try to win people over by making too many far-fetched statements and exaggerate the `premise' of a theory.

I hope, I'm sounding like a teacher and not a preacher in any way!! You are free to seek second opinions on this issue. Happy learning :)

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