Final Jeopardy: Physics

The Final Jeopardy question (4/12/2013) in the category “Physics” was:

On October 14, 1992 particle inventor detector Georges Charpak became the last man in physics to achieve this honor alone.

Adam Holquist is now a 3-day champ. Winning $40K was quite a coup yesterday, bringing his winnings up to $76,299. Today he’s up against these two players: Matt Eichenbaum from Kennett Square, PA; and Mona Miller from Los Angeles, CA.

Matt found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Historical Geographic AKAs.” He was in a tie for second place with Mona. They both had $1,000, $1,400 less than Adam in the lead. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

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Matt finished in the lead with $6,400. Adam was second with $3,200 and Mona was last with $2,800.

Mona found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Historical Blindness.” She had $2,800, $5,200 less than Matt’s lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

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Adam found the last Daily Double in “The War of 1812.” He was in last place with $6,800, $6,400 behind Matt’s lead. He bet $3,000 and took a guess with “Jay.” That was WRONG.

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Matt finished in the lead with $13,200. Mona was next with $7,600 and Adam was last with $3,400.

As we anticipated, ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


1992 was the last year, as of this date, that the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to only one person. The time before that was 1991 and before that, in 1985. We counted 46 lone recipients on the Nobel Prize list of winners in Physics out of 193 total recipients, so it is probably safe to say that it is awarded to multiple winners more often than not. The majority of youtubes with Polish-born physicist Georges Charpak are in French, as are most of his books, but here’s one where he is speaking English at a UNESCO physics conference in 2005. His family emigrated to France when he was 7 years old. Charpak passed away on September 29, 2010.

Adam bet $3,395 so he finished with $6,795.

Mona bet $5,600, finishing with $13,200.

Matt bet $12,297 so he won the game with $25,497. Matt Eichenbaum will return as the new champ on Monday.

Random observation: It was pretty funny that no one got the $2,000 clue in the Double Jeopardy “G” Plus 3 category: “To urge or spur someone on,” when Alex Trebek is always trying to goad contestants into betting all their money on Daily Doubles!

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  1. john blahuta says:

    quite a gutsy move that paid off by matt in fj. physics could be anything…some formula in quantum physics e.g….
    well, i guess, nothing wagered, nothing gained!(might as well have bet it all though….)