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 resist to admit that general relativity implied if all the stars died?

2. What sort of lengths do P-branes have?

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

4. What does relativity show about the speed of light?

5. What does TOE stand for?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the "ether" theory?

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

3. What does the E = mc2 equation show?

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

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

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

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

8. How did the general relativity theory break down?

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

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

Hawking's extensive research of black holes has provided us with informative clues for how black holes might actually work. Write an essay that uses Hawking's research to formulate a summary of our knowledge of black holes before and after Hawking's scientific work.

Essay Topic 2

Expound on Einstein's involvement, direct or indirect, in WWII. Be sure to discuss the relationship between scientific discovery and practical use. Analyze The Manhattan Project as an example of science and its utilization.

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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