Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Monday, December 12, 2016:
Final Jeopardy! category: SCIENTISTS
Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: In a 1694 Royal Society lecture, he suggested an astronomical cause for the Biblical flood in Genesis
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Bridget McNulty, an analytical chemist from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
||Amy Young, a public health graduate student from Corvallis, Oregon
||Tim Aten, an editor from Vermilion, Ohio (6-day total: $101,899)
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Who is Edmund Halley?
Halley’s 1694 lecture “About The Cause of the Universal Deluge” advanced the theory of periodic catastrophism and specifically suggested (two years before William Whiston’s theory), that the Great Flood was caused by a comet. Because (obviously) such claims were seen as controversial in 1694, he did ask for the suppression of the publication of these lectures.
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