Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Thursday, January 5, 2017:
Final Jeopardy! category: MEN OF SCIENCE
Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: Him vs. him: “The Life-Long Feud that Electrified the World” is a book about these 2 men
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Kelsey Morgan, an actuary from Charlottesville, Virginia
||Joe Bartolomeo, a professor & associate dean from Florence, Massachusetts
||Amanda Berofsky, a quality assurance analyst from Waterford, Michigan (2-day total: $15,998)
Who are (Nicola) Tesla and (Thomas) Edison?
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The 2016 book by Nigel Cawthorne discusses the great feud between the two famous scientists. In terms of electrical invention, Thomas Edison gets the credit and the glory for the light bulb, though it is mostly Tesla’s alternating current generators that provide the world with most of its power today.
Edison’s side of the War on Currents was direct current, and the media and propoganda war was hard-fought as to which form of electricity would be used. When Edison lost control his companies in a merger with General Electric, his anti-AC stance was drowned out, and AC became the predominant power current.
Today Edison’s direct current is used mostly in batteries.
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