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 did Einstein suggest concerning the speed of light?

2. What did Einstein wish people to abandon concerning time?

3. Dirac's discoveries were difficult to reconcile with what?

4. What is a p = 1 brane?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is hard to reconcile with Dirac's discoveries in quantum mechanics?

4. Why can't we coherently ask why the universe is the way it is?

5. What paper did Einstein write with Grossman in 1913 and what happened in 1915 related to this same project?

6. What does the E = mc2 equation show?

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

8. What is space-time?

9. Why do ground state fluctuations have serious effects on the quantum theory of gravity?

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 history of the theory of curved spaces. What is this theory's relationship to the idea of space-time? Cite two examples from Chapter One that identify key participants, events, or ideas related to this topic.

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

Using Chapter Seven as an informative text, write an essay on WIMPs. Be sure to properly define WIMPs, discuss their relationship with potential shadow brane worlds, and also analyze the lack of gamma radiation coming from black holes.

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