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

2. How could time travel be possible?

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

4. What will be preserved if this equation determines the wave function?

5. How does Hawking state particle states be represented?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did Strominger and Vafa postulate in 1996?

3. What is a time travel "horizon"?

4. What does Hawking claim might happen if children could gestate outside the womb?

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

6. What does Hawking think about the possible technological level of extraterrestrials?

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

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

9. What partially restores determinism and why?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the relationship of Einstein's theory of relativity to Newton's law of gravity. Name three ways these theories are similar or differ. Be sure to explain the contemporary significance of each theory and their effects on modern scientific thought.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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