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:
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.
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:
After a handful of “intellectual” questions, we have another social question. 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).
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. ↩