Special Assignment #6 - A Brief History of Time
Date Due - Wednesday, December 10, 1997 - 5PM
(5 Points toward the Special Assignment grade; 25 pts max for semester)
Watch the film A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (on
reserve in Fondren - QB981.B75), and answer the following questions on a 1 page
typewritten summary, as a Web page, or email:
- Describe the ideas behind Hawking's theory of radiation from black holes.
Specifically, how does quantum mechanics allow black holes to radiate?
- How did Wheeler's question about the entropy of a hot and cold teacup
help to motivate the work which led to Hawking's result?