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 is doubling its computational power every eighteen months?

2. What would happen if energy escaped the black hole over time?

3. How does Hawking describe himself?

4. How many books a year are estimated to be published?

5. What does the p-brane model show about information?

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 is a time travel "horizon"?

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

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

6. How does Hawking begin Chapter Four?

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

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

9. What did Strominger and Vafa postulate in 1996?

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

Using Chapter One as an informative text, write an essay on the early life of Albert Einstein. This essay must mark three important events of Einstein's life from 1879 to 1905. Be sure to elaborate on how these three details are connected to Einstein's future involvement in the scientific community.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the interpretation of General Relativity according to Penrose and Hawking and how this differed from Lifshitz and Khalatnikov. Cite two examples from Chapter Two that expound on Penrose and Hawking's dissimilar interpretation.

Essay Topic 3

Hawking discusses the concept of brane worlds at length. Since brane worlds are a very difficult and far-reaching topic, write an essay that seeks to succinctly summarize the concept of brane worlds and their relationship with humans.

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