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 characteristic of black holes has been stated as never having been observed?

2. What kind of explanation does Hawking give for how it might be possible to travel through time?

3. What may computers also have like human brains?

4. In what realm of physics is it important to consider the Schrodinger equation?

5. What does Hawking explain particles do not have?

Short Essay Questions

1. What will happen as brains increase in size?

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

3. What partially restores determinism and why?

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

5. How would black hole radiation occur?

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

7. How does Hawking begin Chapter Four?

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

9. What is the grandfather paradox?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define and describe supersymmetry and its implications on space-time. Cite two examples from Chapter Two that identify important players in the idea's inception or in its repercussions and consequences on modern scientific thought.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Hawking's formulation of the Chronology Projection Conjecture is an important topic in Chapter Five. Write an essay that summarizes what the Chronology Projection Conjecture is, how it was formulated, and what its function is now.

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