History of Physics: Part — III

History of Physics: Task - III

You will watch a video film about Albert Einstein.
As you watch, for questions 14-20 choose the best answer (A, B or C).

14) What was the main motivation for Albert Einstein to expand his Special Theory of Relativity into a General Theory of Relativity?
A) He wanted to challenge Newtonian physics.
B) He wanted to create a theory that would explain gravity in a new way.
C) He had an ambition to become world-famous.
15) What is TRUE about Albert Einstein’s early career in science?
A) The publication of the Special Theory of Relativity didn’t bring him immediate recognition in the scientific community.
B) His work at the patent office inspired Einstein to start doing research.
C) From the very beginning his ambition was to do something revolutionary in science.
16) What is NOT TRUE about Isaac Newton’s scientific masterpiece “Principia Mathematica”?
A) The laws formulated in this book dominated physics for nearly two hundred years
B) The Law of Gravity formulated in this book was not quite accepted by Albert Einstein.
C) In this book Isaac Newton coined the term ‘gravitational pull’ for the mysterious force which makes objects fall.
17) Why wasn’t Max Plank very enthusiastic about Einstein’s decision to work on gravity?
A) Because he didn’t believe in Einstein’s success in this field.
B) Because he completely supported Newton’s ideas of gravity.
C) Because it was an extremely complicated problem.
18) What is Einstein’s ‘thought experiment’?
A) A theoretical assumption that cannot be verified experimentally.
B) Taking advantage of his routine job at the patent office for developing innovative ideas.
C) His special way of reasoning.
19) What does the word ‘malleable’ about space mean?
A) rigid
B) flexible
C) easily-controlled
20) What is the essence of Albert Einstein’s new theory of gravity?
A) There is no such thing as gravitational pull.
B) Space distorted by an object makes it fall to the ground.
C) Curved space around one object pushes it towards the other object.