Trivia

Hard

There Is No Nobel Prize Offered For?

Chemistry
Mathematics
Economics
Physics
A 1950 Nobel Prize medal awarded to researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Jonathunder/The Nobel Foundation/Wikipedia

Answer: Mathematics

In 1895, per the last will and testament of Alfred Nobel, the largest share of his fortune was set aside to create a foundation encouraging and rewarding innovation and advancement in the sciences and culture. The original categories were Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature, and Peace. Later, in 1968, Sweden’s central bank Sveriges Riksbank established The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, expanding the stable of prize categories to six.

The category that remains curiously missing from the list is Mathematics. Although there has been over a century of speculation as to why Alfred Nobel did not include mathematics, very few of the theories hold water. For years, the rumor was that Nobel had a grudge against a mathematician his wife had an affair with (a rather odd theory given that Nobel never married).

Although Nobel never explained why he selected the categories as he did, a more practical theory on the matter would be that Nobel didn’t find the independent study of mathematics particularly interesting or wasn’t interested in theoretical discoveries and, ever more practically, that there was already a very well established and noteworthy scientific journal in Sweden that covered research in all fields of mathematics (Acta Mathematica, established in 1882).

Trivia

Easy

What Did The First Webcam Monitor?

Trivia

Hard

The Only Building On The National Historic Landmark Registry Outside Of The U.S. Is Located In?

Trivia

Very Hard

The First Assembly Line Produced Automobile In The United States Was The?

Trivia

Hard

Which Cartoonist Coined The Name For Stegosaurus Tail Spikes?

Trivia

Hard

The Densest Planet In Our Solar System Is?

Trivia

Easy

What Color Were Early Automobile Tires?

Trivia

Very Hard

The Same Processor Used In Macintosh II Personal Computers Is Still Going Strong In Which Fighter Jet?

Trivia

Easy

The Only U.S. President Who Spoke English As A Second Language Was?

Trivia

Very Hard

Which Of These Inventions Dates Back To The 19th Century?

Trivia

Hard

Around The World, It Is Traditional To Include What When Giving A Knife As A Gift?