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 wish people to abandon concerning time?

2. How many articles did Einstein pen that rocketed him to the top of the scientific community?

3. How are galaxies distributed through space?

4. What does TOE stand for?

5. What did this theory of curved spaces help Einstein and Marcel Grossman to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the no boundary condition, and what does it imply?

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

5. What does the E = mc2 equation show?

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

7. What was the "ether" theory?

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

9. What is space-time?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are zero point fluctuations and what serious effects do they have on the quantum theory of gravity? Be sure to discuss Feynman, Schwinger and Tomonaga's work with zero point fluctuations.

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

Using Chapter One as an informative text, write an essay on the early life of Albert Einstein. This essay must mark three important events of Einstein's life from 1879 to 1905. Be sure to elaborate on how these three details are connected to Einstein's future involvement in the scientific community.

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