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Philosophy of physics: Quiz


Question 1: ________'s special theory of relativity (and, by extension, the general theory) predicts time dilation that could be interpreted as time travel.
Relationship between religion and scienceScientific methodAlbert EinsteinIsaac Newton

Question 2: ________: space, time, the origin and ultimate fate of the universe;
Non-standard cosmologyDark matterPhysical cosmologyBig Bang

Question 3: Physicists use ________ to predict how time is measured.
Scientific methodTheoryEmpiricismMathematics

Question 4: ________ is a fundamental quantity (that is, a quantity which cannot be defined in terms of other quantities, because at present we don't know anything more basic than time).
Geologic time scaleTimeGregorian calendarIslamic calendar

Question 5: In classical physics, space is a three-dimensional ________ where any position can be described using three coordinates.
Euclidean spaceMetric spaceVector spaceMathematics

Question 6: Stephen Hawking once suggested that the absence of tourists from the future constitutes a strong argument against the existence of time travel— a variant of the ________, with time travelers instead of alien visitors.
Fermi paradoxDrake equationKardashev scaleExtraterrestrial life

Question 7: ________ and statistical mechanics: energy, work, randomness, information;
EntropyQuantum mechanicsThermodynamicsThermodynamic equations

Question 8: Time then can be combined mathematically with the fundamental quantities of space and mass to derive concepts such as velocity, momentum, ________, and fields.
ForceEnergyClassical mechanicsUniverse

Question 9: Space is one of the few fundamental quantities in ________, meaning that it cannot be defined via other quantities because there is nothing more fundamental known at present.
PhysicsUniverseParticle physicsQuantum mechanics

Question 10: Conversely, if we accept that human beings do have (libertarian or incompatibilist) ________, then we must accept that the world is not entirely governed by natural law.
Free willFriedrich NietzscheAristotleImmanuel Kant


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