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 will be preserved if this equation determines the wave function?

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

3. What partially restores determinism as a view?

4. What kind of advanced development does Hawking predict for humanity?

5. What kind of evolution is described as random?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a time travel "horizon"?

2. What does Hawking believe black holes radiate?

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

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

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

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

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

8. How would black hole radiation occur?

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

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

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

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.

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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