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 did Strominger and Vafa postulate in 1996?

2. What kind of evolution is described as random?

3. What do cosmic strings allow space-time to do?

4. On what scale does Hawking think time travel occurs?

5. What barrier could wormholes break?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What did Strominger and Vafa postulate in 1996?

5. How does Hawking begin Chapter Four?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using Chapter Seven as an informative text, write an essay on WIMPs. Be sure to properly define WIMPs, discuss their relationship with potential shadow brane worlds, and also analyze the lack of gamma radiation coming from black holes.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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