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. How is the following quote finished: "The human race needs to improve its mental and physical qualities to deal with an...?"

2. What are wormholes?

3. When particles hit p-branes, what are produced?

4. What kind of theory do we not have yet that is essential to figuring out time travel?

5. What final state does Hawking wonder if humanity will ever reach?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do cosmic strings relate to space-time?

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

3. What is the main question concerning space-time, if one avoids philosophical discussion and focuses on the laws of physics?

4. How does Hawking begin Chapter Four?

5. What might happen if we do not destroy ourselves?

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

7. What does Hawking think he can prove about space-time paths?

8. What did the physicist John Wheeler mean when he said, "a black hole has no hair"?

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

10. What will happen as brains increase in size?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Using Chapter Seven as an informative text, write an essay on WIMPs. Be sure to properly define WIMPs, discuss their relationship with potential shadow brane worlds, and also analyze the lack of gamma radiation coming from black holes.

Essay Topic 3

Chapter Five provides a complex picture of the interconnections between space-time, the multiple history idea, and quantum theory. Write an essay that analyzes the relationship between these three concepts, and use at least two examples from Chapter Five that support your argument.

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