Jessie just returned from Tokyo,
where he attended his mother-in-law's funeral. "It
was horrible," he said.
"They had an open
coffin?" I asked, as Jews usually exhibit the first asteroid to
be discovered. It was found on Jan. 1, 1801, by G. Piazzi. He took
three distinct observations; on the basis of these the mathematician
Gauss calculated Ceres' orbit with such accuracy that it was
found one year later within a
closed coffin. "No," It
was a cremation," he said. "And we watched!"