Google pays tribute to a blessed priest and scientist

That would be Bishop Nicolas Steno.  Google’s description of him:

Google revealed its latest homescreen Google Doodle today, this time commemorating the birth of Nicolas Steno, a 17th century researcher and bishop who straddled the worlds of science and religion. Born on this day, all the way back in 1683, Steno studied medicine at the University of Copenhagen, and then set as his challenge to research as much of life as possible, rather than simply accepting what had been written in a book.

Before he died at the age of 48, Steno had discovered a new piece of animal anatomy, correctly identified the heart as simply another muscle in the body, created what have become three core rules of geology and identified a fundamental rule of angles in crystals. Steno also identified the correct source and preservation of fossils, which some had believed were fallen objects from space.

The blog Catholicism Pure and Simple has even more.

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3 responses to “Google pays tribute to a blessed priest and scientist”

  1. Thanks for sharing this, Deacon Greg, I had never heard of Bl. Nicholas Steno. It is of interest to me because my paternal grandfather was from Denmark. Danish Catholics (post-Reformation) are few and far between, especially one who was a scholar and a bishop, and a “blessed”.
    (Grandpa was a Lutheran, we are Catholic because of my grandmother, whose family was from Alsace-Lorraine).

  2. I started a threat on that on a group I go to. I had known, a little, of Steno as a geologist but it was only a few years ago I learned more about him as a religious. It was neat to learn one of the founders of geology was a convert to Catholicism, bishop, and beatified person.

    Pretty neat!

  3. Thank you for sharing that. At work one of my coworkers mentioned the Google Doodle and was happy to mention that “he was one of the first guys to figure out creationism isn’t real” because of the rock layers. Another coworker, who I know is completely agnostic and somewhat anti-christian then mentioned that that ought to make Nicolas Steno one of his heroes. I hadn’t actually clicked the doodle of the day but I am happy to hear that it actually honored someone almost the complete opposite of what my nonreligious coworkers might have expected. Blessed Nicholas Steno, pray for us.

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