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. How could this energy density be created?

2. When was absolute time overthrown as an idea?

3. What may computers also have like human brains?

4. What is Feynman's history idea called?

5. What does Hawking say extraterrestrials might be like?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How would black hole radiation occur?

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

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

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

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

8. What is the Schrodinger equation?

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

10. What partially restores determinism and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discussing the future is very prevalent throughout Hawking's book. Write an essay that focuses on two key anxieties and two hopes that Hawking, another scientist, or you, have, for the future of humanity's development, whether it be biological or electronic.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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