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A quiz on theories

Joy Bhattacharjya | Updated on April 06, 2018 Published on April 06, 2018

On April 7th, 1954, US President Eisenhower first spoke about the ‘domino theory,’, where if one country in a region went communist, the surrounding countries would follow. This quiz is all about theories.

1 The Theory of Everything is a 2014 British film set in Cambridge University. It is adapted from a memoir titled Travelling to Infinity, My Life with ___. Fill in the blanks.

2 There are three main theories on how it was created. The capture theory is currently the most popular, but the big splash and the co-formation theory also have their adherents. What do these theories explain?

3 The actual term used by the person who perfected this was ‘Fast Leg Theory’. Thanks to a journalist who had a word count problem, a completely different term is now used to describe this sporting theory. Name it.

4 Which phenomenon did Max Muller try to explain with the bow-wow, the pooh-pooh and the ding-dong theories?

5 Sociologist Ashish Bose is credited with the ‘Bimaru Theory’ to explain the low rate of growth of India in the 1980s. What is the Bimaru theory?

6 Newton’s landmark 1687 work Principia first explained the theory of gravitation. The existence of which planet was it used to discover?

7 The ‘hot-hand theory’ is a very common theory for all sports fans, which has never been proved right under rigorous testing. What does it say?

8 The infinite monkey theory is a belief that a monkey hitting keys at random will almost surely come up with what, given enough time?

9 The butterfly effect, coined by Edward Lorenz, states that the flapping of the wings of a butterfly could result in the creation of a tornado in a distant place a few weeks later. In which specific branch of mathematical theory is this phenomenon described?

10 “There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory mentioned, which states that this has already happened.” Which fictional work?

Answers

1. Stephen. The memoir was written by Stephen Hawking’s ex-wife Jane

2. The creation of the moon. The capture theory claims it was a passing body captured by earth’s gravity. The co-formation theory postulates both the Earth and the moon were created together, while the big splash theory says that another huge body crashing into Earth caused the moon to break off.

3. Bodyline, the English tactic in the 1932-33 series of bouncing the ball into the body of the Australian batsmen

4. The development of human language. Bow-wow postulates it came from imitating animal sounds, Pooh-pooh tries to explain it as the further development of emotional reactions triggered by pain or pleasure, and the ding-dong theory shows humankind being inspired by the natural vibration resonance in every body

5. It postulates that the States of Bihar Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh were dragging down the GDP growth of India.

6. Neptune. Newton proved that the eccentricities in Uranus’s orbit meant that there was another planet further out

7. That players go through streaks when they are playing much better and should continue to be given opportunities in that time

8. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

9. Chaos theory

10. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

 

 

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Published on April 06, 2018
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