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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] The delay in posting the final […]

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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: 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 […]

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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:

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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 […]

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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 […]

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HistorySTM March Madness Round 3 Results

Whose work/contribution are you willing to erase from history? Once you get beyond the fact that some of these competitors haven’t lost in previous rounds, this round offered few surprises. I was sorry to see Trismegistus knocked out—not because he was particularly important, but because I liked the fact that a fictional character was still […]