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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 is the normal state of quantum particles?

2. How do scientists categorize catchphrases like "Survival of the fittest" and "Read my lips"?

3. What time of memory is most limited?

4. What did Chaitin determine about most numbers?

5. What did the study of thermodynamics not state about the movement of energy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are examples of memes?

2. What has research shown about entangled particles and the transference of information?

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

4. What is the normal state of molecules in a system? Describe that arrangement.

5. How did Gregory Chaitin characterize random numbers?

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

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

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

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

10. The connection of information with entropy and the physical realm was important to what physics discipline?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

What advanced machine did Charles Babbage envision that would be superior to his difference engine? What was Babbage's relationship with Ada Lovelace? Why was she reluctant to be public about her skills in mathematics? How did Babbage encourage her?

Essay Topic 3

What were the views of Rolf Landauer and John von Neumann on the energy cost of information processing? How was von Neuman's theory disproved and by whom?

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