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 Hawking explain particles do not have?

2. For nearly all of history, what has moved forward?

3. What paradox does time travel generate?

4. What did Strominger and Vafa postulate in 1996?

5. Where does one set of possibilities lie in relation to using the laws of physics to explore the galaxy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Schrodinger equation?

2. What does Hawking think about the possible technological level of extraterrestrials?

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

4. What partially restores determinism and why?

5. How does Hawking begin Chapter Four?

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

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

8. How would black hole radiation occur?

9. What does Hawking believe black holes radiate?

10. At what rate is the computational power of computers increasing, and what computational rate might they actually reach?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe the history of the theory of curved spaces. What is this theory's relationship to the idea of space-time? Cite two examples from Chapter One that identify key participants, events, or ideas related to this topic.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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