HistorySTM Championship Round

The final question in this year’s competition is:
Whose actions/efforts did more to advance and disseminate the prestige of science?

The spirit of the question asks about Einstein’s and du Châtelet’s efforts, not the effects of their work. You are, of course, free to interpret it however you like.[1]

2015 HistorySTM March Madness Round 5: The Final Four (click to embiggen).
2015 HistorySTM March Madness Round 5: The Final Four (click to embiggen).

  1. The delay in posting the final round was caused by a) a wedding and b) some disagreement about a “fair” question. This one seemed to the committee to be the fairest of the questions left in the hat. ↩

HistorySTM March Madness Final Four Results

The final four produced some large gaps in the final tally. Einstein overcame Darwin by 5 and du Châtelet defeated Lovelace by 4. Here’s how the tournament shaped up:

2015 HistorySTM March Madness Round 5: The Final Four (click to embiggen).
2015 HistorySTM March Madness Round 5: The Final Four (click to embiggen).

There were some surprisingly resilient participants, e.g., Lovelace and Pythagoras seemed to hang on a long time, as did Albertus Magnus, as well as some early casualties, e.g., Vesalius or Meitner. An any event, in the final we see A. Einstein come up against É. du Châtelet. Stay tuned for the question.

HistorySTM Round 5: The Final Four

For the Final Four we return to a historical judgement question:
Whose reputation has history under appreciated?

Whether you interpret that question narrowly to apply only to the person’s intellectual accomplishments or understand the question more broadly to include the person’s iconic status is up to you. Here are the match-ups for this round:

2015 HistorySTM March Madness Round 5: The Final Four (click to embiggen).
2015 HistorySTM March Madness Round 5: The Final Four (click to embiggen).

HistorySTM March Madness Elite Eight Results

The victors in this round are not only division champions, but also advance to the final four. I have to confess, some results surprised me.

When asked
Whom would you want to be locked in a cell with for a year?
you chose:

Arithmetica
Einstein over Galileo by 11
Astronomia
du Châtelet over Copernicus by 5
Geometria
Darwin over Newton by 9
Musica
Lovelace over Pythagoras by 7

HistorySTM Round 4: Elite Eight

After a handful of “intellectual” questions, we have another social question.[1] For this round, the question is:

Whom would you want to be locked in a cell with for a year?

In other words, whom would you want as your sole human company for a year? This is sort of the inverse of Round 1’s question about coffee. In that round a person has to be entertaining only for an hour. In this round a person has to be entertaining for a year (so you want to avoid the people who will become tedious or annoying).

2015 HistorySTM March Madness Round 4: The Elite Eight (click to embiggen).
2015 HistorySTM March Madness Round 4: The Elite Eight (click to embiggen).

  1. A note on the mechanics of the HistorySTM March Madness. I concocted 6 questions and wrote them down on slips of paper and put the slips of paper in a small box (I’m a luddite). For each round I have pulled a slip from the box and used the question written on it.  ↩