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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. Where did Einstein receive his degree?

2. What do string theories most notably lack?

3. What did Hawking and Hartle believe the universe may not have?

4. According to Popper, what happens if positivism is true?

5. What may be a law of nature?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What final thought does Hawking have about Star Trek and humanity, in the closing of Chapter 6?

3. What are wormholes?

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

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

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

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

8. What does much of the possibility of time travel depend upon?

9. What does Heisenberg predict about the shape of brane worlds?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are p-branes? What are the different levels of branes? What is the role of p-branes in supersymmetry? Answer the previous questions succinctly and be sure to explore Hawking's contributions to this field of study.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay that answers the following questions: What is M-theory? What is its relationship to various string models? What does Hawking believe about M-theory? The essay must include at least two supporting evidences from the book, and one example from an outside text.

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