American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Piazzi, Giuseppi 1746-1826. Italian astronomer who discovered (1801) the first asteroid, Ceres.
“On Saturday, another event, Enchantment Under the Sea, at Morningside Castle on Claremont Avenue, takes us back "Back to the Future" and the era of R&B and doo-wop, starring retro rockers Matthew Piazzi & the Debonairs.”
“Then Dr. Battenberg and Command-Pilot Okitas will return to OPEL's Piazzi Belt stronghold, will resume who they've always been, together.”
“When Forest was lured away to take over the role of Maciste in a multi-picture deal, Piazzi offered Hercules to Reg Park.”
“In spite of the fact that Giuseppe Piazzi had never looked through an eyepiece, he became director of the Palermo Observatory.”
“In 1787 Piazzi spent three years in London and Paris learning the trade and ordering equipment.”
“On January 1, 1801, Piazzi found Ceres in the gap between Mars and Jupiter where people had said there ought to be another planet.”
“Now at the date 3650 B.C. the star 217 Piazzi (somewhat brighter than that last named) was at a distance of 3° 29 'from the pole, increasing to 3° 34' by 3630 B.C.”
“Driessen, two by Olbers of Bremen, while Piazzi of Palermo, Harding of”
“The possibility of conflict between this method of nature study and the empirical method of science is significantly attested by the circumstance that in the year 1801 Hegel published a paper in which he maintained, on the ground of certain numerical harmonies, that there could be no planet between Mars and Jupiter, while at almost exactly the same time Piazzi discovered Ceres, the first of the asteroids.”
“Piazzi proposed the name of Ceres Ferdinandea, in honour of his king.”
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