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. The development of what kind of technology depends upon the theory of quantum mechanics?

2. Why did the Christian church adopt Ptolemy's view of the universe?

3. The idea of the big bang arises from what phenomena?

4. Who developed the uncertainty principle?

5. What is the name for the limit that states the smallest mass a star can have in order for it to produce a black hole?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens at the event horizon of a black hole?

2. What are the six varieties of quarks?

3. Why do physicists of Stephen Hawking's caliber not make assumptions about the nature of the universe?

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

5. What will happen if the expansion of the universe stops?

6. Light behaves in which two manners?

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

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

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

10. What are quanta?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Black holes exist in math, but not in observational reality. What does this mean for the evolution of ideas that scientists accept the idea of a new creation purely by seeing the math work? What does Hawking say about the evolution of ideas without observational proof? Please use the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

A thesis is a main point, or argument, that an essay or book is intended to support. If there was a thesis for this book, what would it be and why? Please cite examples from the book.

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