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 does much of the possibility of time travel depend on?

2. What characteristic of black holes has been stated as never having been observed?

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

4. What are cosmic strings?

5. What will create great problems for unimproved humans?

Short Essay Questions

1. What will happen as brains increase in size?

2. What is a time travel "horizon"?

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

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

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

6. How would black hole radiation occur?

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

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

9. What are wormholes?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why is popular culture so enthralled by the relationship between mechanical devices and humans? Write an essay that seeks to explore the similarities and differences between computers and humans and why this either concerns or excites us.

Essay Topic 2

Define and describe supersymmetry and its implications on space-time. Cite two examples from Chapter Two that identify important players in the idea's inception or in its repercussions and consequences on modern scientific thought.

Essay Topic 3

Hawking's extensive research of black holes has provided us with informative clues for how black holes might actually work. Write an essay that uses Hawking's research to formulate a summary of our knowledge of black holes before and after Hawking's scientific work.

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