Wednesday 22 November 2017

Brain teasers that led Balliol College to victory on University Challenge

By Julia Hunt

The University Challenge contestants faced some tough questions in the grand final of the show.

Students from Balliol College, Oxford, have been named this year’s champions of University Challenge.

Here are some of the questions they answered to beat the hopefuls from Wolfson Cambridge.

Q: In which city of the Eastern Roman empire did Hypatia teach philosophy?

A: Alexandria

Q: Associated with the philosopher Plotinus and the supreme principle known as the one, which late school of Greek philosophy did Hypatia espouse?

A: Neoplatonism

Q: Which lower case Greek letter represents in statistics the standard deviation of a…

A: Sigma

Q: Which German philosopher applied Newtonian principles to the Nebular hypothesis in his 1755 work Universal Natural History And Theory Of The Heavens.

A: Immanuel Kant

Q: In Earth science what four-letter term denotes the zone that separates the Earth’s crust from the mantle?

A: Moho

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