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 famous quote is attributed to physicist John Wheeler?

2. What would a civilization have to do to build a time machine?

3. What are the size of biological brains limited by?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How would black hole radiation occur?

2. What is a time travel "horizon"?

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

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

5. What partially restores determinism and why?

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

7. What will happen as brains increase in size?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Examine the relationship of Einstein's theory of relativity to Newton's law of gravity. Name three ways these theories are similar or differ. Be sure to explain the contemporary significance of each theory and their effects on modern scientific thought.

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