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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 theories of relativity did Einstein advance?

2. What human conceptions did Einstein's papers change?

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

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

5. Because galaxies are not far apart, fifteen billion years ago what might have occurred?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does it mean for stars to be red-shifted or blue-shifted?

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

3. How would a brane history respond to imaginary time?

4. How might we able to figure out if humans live on a brane?

5. What might p-branes be able to predict?

6. What is the Planck length so far as we know?

7. What is vacuum energy?

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

9. What does it mean for Hawking to think one can "move" positive vacuum energy?

10. What is the Schrodinger equation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Hawking states that the human race must be able to better itself since it will be dealing with an "increasingly complex world." Write an essay that supports or negates this argument. Be sure to include data from Chapters Five, Six, or Seven and at least two other supporting examples from your own research.

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