Coming of Age in the Milky Way Test | Final 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. Quantum physics first emerged when who theorized that energy came in discrete units called quanta?

2. Who published a paper in 1917 which provided evidence that the universe was expanding?

3. What is the body of scientific principles that explains the behavior of matter and its interactions with energy on the scale of atoms and atomic particles?

4. What is the first premise of "On the Origin of Species"?

5. According to the author in Chapter 19, what has demonstrated that man cannot be a detached observer?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were the main premises of "The Origin of the Species," according to the author in Chapter 13: "The Age of the Earth"?

2. How are nebulae defined in Chapter 8: "Deep Space"? What are the different classes of nebulae?

3. Who was the first physicist to conceptualize the vacuum genesis? How was his work perceived according to the author in Chapter 18: "The Origin of the Universe"?

4. What was theorized in a paper written by Vesto Slipher in the early 20th century, according to the author in Chapter 11: "The Expansion of the Universe"?

5. What was indicated by Einstein's theory of relativity, according to the author in Chapter 11: "The Expansion of the Universe"?

6. How does the author describe the world of science in the twentieth century in Chapter 17: "The Axis of History"?

7. What influenced Emmanuel Kant in his interest in cosmology according to the author in Chapter 8: "Deep Space"?

8. Who developed a unified electroweak theory, according to the author in Chapter 16: "Rumors of Perfection"? Where was it tested?

9. What evidences does the author suggest implies extraterrestrial life in Chapter 19: "Mind and Matter"?

10. What obstacles did early quantum physicists have, as described by the author in Chapter 15: "The Quantum and its Discontents"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the Great Pyramid, the Egyptians, Stonehenge, and the cosmological views of ancient civilizations as described in the book. What purpose did the study of cosmology serve these people? In what cultures was there particular interest in cosmology? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss the early models of the universe as discussed in Chapter 2: "Raising (and Lowering) the Roof." How did these systems differ from how the universe is modeled today? How did the concept of inertia change this view?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the Royal Society, Edmond Halley, Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke. What discoveries did each of these individuals make? How did they influence science and history? When and where was the Royal Society established? For what purpose?

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