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:

  1. Describe the ideas behind Hawking's theory of radiation from black holes. Specifically, how does quantum mechanics allow black holes to radiate?
  2. 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?