The Universe in a Nutshell 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. What does Hawking resist believing in?

2. How were people's views of space-time changed because of Einstein's work?

3. What do we need to describe what happens on the edge of the universe?

4. When was Einstein born?

5. What may be a law of nature?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of history might the universe have, according to quantum mechanics?

2. What does it mean for stars to be red-shifted or blue-shifted?

3. What is the no boundary condition, and what does it imply?

4. Briefly describe Einstein's involvement in the events of WWII.

5. Describe the contradiction of relativity to Newton's law of gravity.

6. What idea about the galaxies did Einstein never take seriously?

7. What does the E = mc2 equation show?

8. What was the "ether" theory?

9. Describe imaginary time.

10. What changed about the way we view zero point fluctuations in the 1940s?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the ether theory. Explain why this theory fell apart and what Einstein's role was in its deconstruction. Be sure to include at least two reasons the ether theory became redundant and unnecessary.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the history of the equation E = mc2. What is the significance of this equation? Be sure to include a description of the following terms: energy, mass, relativity, and the speed of light.

Essay Topic 3

Examine the relationship of Einstein's theory of relativity to Newton's law of gravity. Name three ways these theories are similar or differ. Be sure to explain the contemporary significance of each theory and their effects on modern scientific thought.

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