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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. Where is DNA found?

2. How did Gregory Chaitin define random numbers?

3. What time of memory is most limited?

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

5. What can a computable number be compressed into?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was found to be the make-up of DNA and what did these properties allow?

2. What was Claude Shannon referring to by the term "entropy" and what was its importance?

3. What is the relationship between man and his memes?

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

5. What did psychologist George Miller discover about a person's ability to remember?

6. What are "memes" as first proposed by Richard Dawkins in "The Selfish Gene"?

7. What are examples of memes?

8. When was the existence of DNA discovered and by whom?

9. When was the term "cybernetics" coined and what meaning was attached to it?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What did Charles Bennet put forward to possibly replace "bits" in information processing? How was Bennet's work related to quantum physics?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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