from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Peirce, Benjamin 1809-1880. American mathematician and astronomer known for his studies of Uranus, Neptune, and Saturn's rings.
  • Peirce, Charles Sanders 1839-1914. American philosopher, mathematician, and scientist who cofounded pragmatism, made many contributions to logic, and was one of the original developers of semiotics.

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  • n. United States philosopher and logician; pioneer of pragmatism (1839-1914)
  • n. United States mathematician and astronomer remembered for his studies of Uranus and Saturn and Neptune (1809-1880)


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  • Meanwhile, over on Twitter:

    woe_cerri: I hate when people Peirce themselve it looks gross (Wed, Jun 15)

    June 15, 2011

  • *snorts about Uranus*

    June 15, 2011

  • That's what comes of studying Uranus.

    June 15, 2011

  • Reading the AHD definition, thought it read that he confounded pragmatism and was somewhat nonplussed.

    June 15, 2011