A Brief History of Time Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Hawking is what type of physicist?

2. What travels at the speed of 186,000 miles per second?

3. Aristotle and who believed that time is not absolute?

4. Groups of atoms create what?

5. Why do the theories of quantum mechanics and general relativity need to be unified?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the Ancient Greek view of the universe?

2. What determines whether a star can become a black hole?

3. How did Einstein observe Brownian motion?

4. Why can nothing move faster than the speed of light according to the theory of relativity?

5. What stops quantum mechanics from explaining everything in the universe?

6. What is the difference between the Aristotelian approach to science and Galileo's approach?

7. What are the six varieties of quarks?

8. The mathematical formulas that result from a scientific model of the universe must do what?

9. What is one implication of the theory of relativity?

10. Why do scientists think that there is a black hole in the star system Cygnus X-1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how science has evolved to lead us to the point we are today. What were some of the most influential concepts and ideas? What outside forces molded these ideas? Use the book to cite examples for your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Using the book to support your answer, answer the following question: Was there a beginning of time and will there be an end?

Essay Topic 3

What is Hawking's definition of a scientific theory? Using this definition, discuss why (or why not) various theories in the book are scientific theories. Discuss at least three theories and use the book to support your answers.

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