Bryan steers the mothership solo this week, covering a (very) brief background on Valentine’s Day. Enjoy!
Join us this week as we take a look at some of jobs throughout history that have been all but lost to obscurity. Listen, subscribe, and follow us on Facebook, or Twitter @Nerdonomy!
So what’s big, rocky, round and sits between Mars and Jupiter? If you’re scratching your head right now, don’t worry. Your 7th grade science teacher didn’t teach you about it because it wasn’t deemed worthy, but there is something out there.
On January 1, 1801, the Mathematician, Astronomer, and Catholic priest of the Theatine order, Father Giuseppe Piazzi, made a startling discovery. An object first thought to be a star (one of 7,646 that he cataloged in his career) was observed moving against a field of its fixed cosmic kin. To verify his findings Piazzi spent 3 more days making observations. What had he found? Well according to him it must have been a comet – a large ball of dust and ice, traveling through the solar system like a cosmic drifter. Only that’s what he felt comfortable telling the public. His instincts told a different story, as we can tell from a letter sent to his friend, Barnaba Oriani:
Nerds on History
Episode No. 69 — The Complete Package
Eric and Bryan welcome author and historian Maureen Ogle onto the show to talk about her new book In Meat We Trust: An Unexpected History of Carnivore America. Listen as they explore a unique perspective on the history of food in America.
Eric and Bryan were thrilled to welcome Maureen Ogle, who also happens to be the first guest on Nerds on History who has a Ph.D. As we discussed her book, we got to dive into the history of the United States from an rarely explored angle: the food we we eat, and how it came to be that way. The single resonating question that drove all of Maureen’s research was “what does it mean to be an American?” As you listen, I think you’ll find that we come up with some pretty good ideas that help answer that.