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 kind of rotating Einstein universe does Hawking consider?

2. What did Strominger and Vafa postulate in 1996?

3. What does the Schrodinger equation specify?

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

5. As the brain increases in size, what may become slower as it grows more complex?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What did Strominger and Vafa postulate in 1996?

4. What is the grandfather paradox?

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

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

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

8. What does Hawking believe black holes radiate?

9. How would black hole radiation occur?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hawking states that the human race must be able to better itself since it will be dealing with an "increasingly complex world." Write an essay that supports or negates this argument. Be sure to include data from Chapters Five, Six, or Seven and at least two other supporting examples from your own research.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay that answers the following questions: What is M-theory? What is its relationship to various string models? What does Hawking believe about M-theory? The essay must include at least two supporting evidences from the book, and one example from an outside text.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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