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 evolution is described as random?

2. What can Penrose and Hawking's machinery help them study?

3. What is Feynman's history idea called?

4. What will create great problems for unimproved humans?

5. What does Hawking think black holes radiate?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the grandfather paradox?

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

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

6. What will happen as brains increase in size?

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

8. What is the Schrodinger equation?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the history of the equation E = mc2. What is the significance of this equation? Be sure to include a description of the following terms: energy, mass, relativity, and the speed of light.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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