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 may be a law of nature?

2. How many articles did Einstein pen that rocketed him to the top of the scientific community?

3. What does supersymmetry imply?

4. By what year was Einstein famous?

5. What is vacuum energy's force inverse to?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Hawking's view about mathematical models?

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

4. Describe imaginary time.

5. What was considered the foundation of a TOE and why did it go out of fashion?

6. What was the bedrock of relativity theory, and what did it imply?

7. What was the "ether" theory?

8. What does Hawking believe the possibility of intelligent beings' existence depends on?

9. What is a p = 1 brane and a p = 2 brane?

10. Who worked on quantum mechanics in the 1920s, and what discovery was made?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hawking's formulation of the Chronology Projection Conjecture is an important topic in Chapter Five. Write an essay that summarizes what the Chronology Projection Conjecture is, how it was formulated, and what its function is now.

Essay Topic 2

Hawking states that the human race must be able to better itself since it will be dealing with an "increasingly complex world." Write an essay that supports or negates this argument. Be sure to include data from Chapters Five, Six, or Seven and at least two other supporting examples from your own research.

Essay Topic 3

Discussing the future is very prevalent throughout Hawking's book. Write an essay that focuses on two key anxieties and two hopes that Hawking, another scientist, or you, have, for the future of humanity's development, whether it be biological or electronic.

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