scientists were baffled: How did the fossils of seashells find
their way to the tops of mountains? Nicolaus
Steno, hailed by Stephen Jay Gould as the founder of geology,
solved the puzzlem exploring beyond the pages of the Bible and
looking directly at the clues left in the layers of the Earth.
With his groundbreaking answer to the fossil question, Steno confounded
religious and scientific thinking, setting the stage for the modern
science. At the same time his ideas were undermining the Bibles
authoritative claim as to the age of the planet, Steno was entering
the priesthood and rising to bishop. He would ultimately become
venerated as a saint, beatified by the Catholic Church in 1988.
tale of scientific investigation and the portrait of an extraordinary
genius, The Seashell on the Mountaintop is the story of
how a scientist-turned-priest forever changed our understanding
of the Earth.