The Universe in a Nutshell Test | Final 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 can Penrose and Hawking's machinery help them study?

2. When was absolute time overthrown as an idea?

3. How many books a year are estimated to be published?

4. On what scale does Hawking think time travel occurs?

5. What laws might allow space-time to warp to allow a spaceship to travel through the past?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Schrodinger equation?

2. How many books are published a year, and what does Hawking have to say about the good ones?

3. What does Hawking claim might happen if children could gestate outside the womb?

4. What does Hawking believe black holes radiate?

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

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

7. What are three of the things Hawking declares have increased exponentially, doubling every forty years of less?

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

9. What is the grandfather paradox?

10. What will happen as brains increase in size?

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's formulation of the Chronology Projection Conjecture is an important topic in Chapter Five. Write an essay that summarizes what the Chronology Projection Conjecture is, how it was formulated, and what its function is now.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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