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. Who developed quantum theory?

2. What can quantum theory represent?

3. What does supersymmetry imply?

4. What may the no boundary condition imply?

5. How did the universe initially expand?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What did Penrose and Hawking's theory have to say about the universe's history?

6. Describe imaginary time.

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

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

9. Why does the theory of general relativity break down when discussing the Big Bang?

10. What new sort of symmetry was discovered in the 1970s?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Define and describe supersymmetry and its implications on space-time. Cite two examples from Chapter Two that identify important players in the idea's inception or in its repercussions and consequences on modern scientific thought.

Essay Topic 3

Hawking discusses the concept of brane worlds at length. Since brane worlds are a very difficult and far-reaching topic, write an essay that seeks to succinctly summarize the concept of brane worlds and their relationship with humans.

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