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. Why is it important that the sky is dark?

2. What may the universe not have, given quantum mechanics?

3. What theory of Einstein's contradicted Newton's law of gravity?

4. Who believed they could interpret General Relativity so time had an infinite past and an infinite future?

5. How do objects in space-time attempt to move?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is considered to be expanding in our universe, and why does Hawking think this is beneficial?

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

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

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

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

7. What is space-time?

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

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

10. What was the "ether" theory?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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