Eric and Bryan discuss just a few of some of history’s most common misconceptions and misnomers. Enjoy!
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:
This week we have something very special for our listeners, a two-part crossover! Listen as Nerds on History co-host Eric Bricmont helps us discuss Thanksgiving in film. Listen to Part I in the Nerds on History podcast. Listen, subscribe, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook, and follow us on twitter @Nerdonomy!
Join us as Eric and Bryan discuss the most sacred of rooms in the household. We apologize in advance if you have any audio problems with this episode. Enjoy!