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 will be preserved if this equation determines the wave function?

2. How can half-determinism be preserved in relation to black holes?

3. What will create great problems for unimproved humans?

4. What final state does Hawking wonder if humanity will ever reach?

5. What is a practical limit on the design of faster computers?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What are wormholes?

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

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

9. What did Strominger and Vafa postulate in 1996?

10. What partially restores determinism and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hawking states that the human race must be able to better itself since it will be dealing with an "increasingly complex world." Write an essay that supports or negates this argument. Be sure to include data from Chapters Five, Six, or Seven and at least two other supporting examples from your own research.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay that answers the following questions: What is M-theory? What is its relationship to various string models? What does Hawking believe about M-theory? The essay must include at least two supporting evidences from the book, and one example from an outside text.

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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