to·​po·​log·​i·​cal | \ ˌtä-pə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce topological (audio) \

Definition of topological

1 : of or relating to topology
2 : being or involving properties unaltered under a homeomorphism continuity and connectedness are topological properties

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topologically \ ˌtä-​pə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce topological (audio) \ adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web Todd Holmdahl, who previously led hardware for Microsoft’s lucrative Xbox games console, took over as leader of the topological quantum computing project. Tom Simonite, Wired, "Microsoft’s Big Win in Quantum Computing Was an ‘Error’ After All," 12 Feb. 2021 Nevertheless, in the early 1960s, Dr. Singer and Dr. Atiyah sought to figure out if Dr. Atiyah’s topological tools could find solutions to analytical problems Dr. Singer was having with differential equations. New York Times, "Isadore Singer, Who Bridged a Gulf From Math to Physics, Dies at 96," 12 Feb. 2021 Leonhard Euler kicked off the topological investigation of shapes in the 18th century., "Topology 101: The Hole Truth," 26 Jan. 2021 Our protocols incorporated topological analysis techniques, which are appropriate for high-dimensional and noisy datasets. Lettie Prell, Wired, "The Future of Work: ‘Collaborative Configurations of Minds’ by Lettie Prell," 4 Dec. 2020 In the paper, the scientists use pressure maps—like topological geographical maps, but for the depth of each footprint. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Archaeologists Found the Longest Path of Fossilized Human Footprints Ever," 16 Oct. 2020 In the early 1900s, for example, when Taiwan was under Japanese rule, painter Ishikawa Kinichiro was sent to draw topological maps of Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range. Frances Nguyen, Outside Online, "A Writer Retraces Her Family's Past in Taiwan," 15 Oct. 2020 The collection includes aerial maps, nautical maps, topological surveys of the area, and transit guides (including a 1961 New York City subway map and a draft of Frederick Law Olmsted’s original vision for Prospect Park). Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Explore Centuries of Brooklyn’s History With These Newly Digitized Maps," 30 July 2020 Research on topological phases of matter beyond two-dimensional quantum Hall systems is paving the way toward technologies such as large-scale, fault-tolerant quantum computing. Spyridon Michalakis, Scientific American, "How Scientists Solved One of the Greatest Open Questions in Quantum Physics," 1 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of topological

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Feb 2021

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“Topological.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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