Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Thursday, December 1, 2016:
Final Jeopardy! category: THE DECORATIVE ARTS
Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: In the early 1700s in Dresden, King Augustus locked up a chemist until he found how to make this product dubbed “white gold”
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Asim Modi, an attorney from San Francisco, California
||Kylie Carrithers, an intensive English instructor from Terre Haute, Indiana
||Justin Bender, an technical engineer from Boulder, Colorado (4-day total: $62,401)
What is porcelain?
This is an interesting story.
Amusingly, Meissen’s website says:
Research aimed at cracking the secret of how porcelain was made commenced at Meißen early in the 18th century. Those involved were Johann Friedrich Böttger, Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus, the Freiberg Mining Counsellor Gottfried Pabst von Ohain and further mining and smelting specialists. The research was commissioned by Augustus the Strong, Elector Prince of Saxony and King of Poland.
The work proved successful. The first white porcelain was produced in 1708 under the direction of Johann Friedrich Böttger. Europe’s first porcelain had been born.
That disagrees ever-so-slightly with the following paper by Queiroz & Agathopoulos from Portugal’s University of Aveiro:
Böttger was born in 1682 at Schleiz. After he started working as a pharmacist apprentice in Berlin, he devoted himself to alchemy. In 1701, he made his first demonstration in the prescence of trustworthy witnesses. He pretended to transmute two silver coins into gold. After his “success”, the Prussian king tried to lock him as a treasure, but he managed to escape to Saxony. However, his fame preceded him, and August the Strong kept him watched and confined in Albrectsburg Castle (Meissen), trying to exploit his “gold maker” skills. Later on, as no gold was forthcoming, August directed him to porcelain research.
Also, in case you weren’t aware, former NBC head Grant Tinker (who passed away this week) had quite a role in the early history of Jeopardy!
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