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Nicolas Steno Google doodle marks his 374th birth anniversary

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  • terry foreman
    Nicolas Steno Google doodle marks his 374th birth anniversary Google home page celebrates the legacy of Danish anatomist widely regarded as the father of
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      Nicolas Steno Google doodle marks his 374th birth anniversary

      Google home page celebrates the legacy of Danish anatomist widely
      regarded as the father of modern geology

      Nicolas Steno, the Danish anatomist widely regarded as the father of
      geology, has been commemorated in a Google doodle marking his 374th
      birth anniversary on 11 January.

      The doodle illustrated the search engine's six letters in a geological
      style, with fossils in various bottom layers, with a green surface on
      top.

      Steno's work on the formation of rock layers and the fossils they
      contain was pivotal to the development of modern geology while his
      catholic piety has also been evaluated in recent decades with a view
      to his possible canonisation.

      Born as Niels Stensen, he left his native of Copenhagen in 1660 to
      study medicine in the Netherlands, eventually finding his way to Italy
      where he became part of a body of researchers following in the
      footsteps of Galileo's mathematical approach to science.

      His work on the teeth of a shark that was caught by fishermen near the
      town of Livorno led him to the question of how solid objects could
      come to be found in other solid objects, such as rocks or layers of
      rock.

      In what is now referred to as Steno's law of superposition, he
      reasoned that layers of rock are arranged in a time sequence, with the
      oldest on the bottom and the youngest on the top, unless later
      processes disturb this arrangement.

      Originally a Lutheran, he converted to Catholicism and was beatified
      in 1987 by Pope John Paul II, completing the first step towards being
      declared a saint.

      To see the doodle:
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/jan/11/nicolas-steno-google-doodle
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