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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. What about DNA allows it to split and replicate?

2. Why are people able to recall the name of a tune?

3. Why do scientists consider the belief in God a meme?

4. Why is the belief in God an enduring one?

5. Why wasn't Shannon able to teach his computer to play a game?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Gregory Chaitin characterize random numbers?

2. What did IBM research Charle Bennet write about "information" in the 1980s?

3. What was John von Neumann's theory on energy cost and how did Rolf Landauer disprove that concept?

4. What was the original meaning of the term "entropy"?

5. What estimates did Seth Lloyd, a quantum engineer at MIT, make about the power of the universe?

6. What was discovered through the study of thermodynamics about the movement of energy?

7. How did Erwin Schrodinger used the concept of "entropy"?

8. What was mathematician Gregory Chatin's concept on entropy?

9. What was the "Library of Babel" that was described in a story by Jorge Luis Borges?

10. Norbert Weiner based his theory on what system of the human body?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the work of Charles Babbage. What was the purpose of his machine, the "difference engine" and how did it function? What contribution did the Babylonians make to mathematics and how was it relevant to knowledge sharing?

Essay Topic 2

Why did the telephone replace the telegraph as the most advanced form of communication? What advantages did the telephone have to the general public? Contrast the differences between the telephone an the telegraph.

Essay Topic 3

What kind of "telegraph" was invented by two French brothers and how did it function. What was the downside of this invention? Why was human error a factor in this process?

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