Morse theory

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Etymology[edit]

Based on the work of Marston Morse.

Noun[edit]

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Morse theory (uncountable)

  1. (mathematics) The study of differentiable functions, the domain of each of which is a manifold and the codomain is the real line.
    • March 14, 2018, Roger Penrose writing in The Guardian, 'Mind over matter': Stephen Hawking – obituary
      [] the spaces that are used in Einstein’s theory are really pseudo-Riemannian and the relevant Morse theory differs in subtle but important ways.