Steno’s Scientific Life in a Nutshell (1638–1677)
Niels Stensen was born in 1638 in Copenhagen. His father was a goldsmith, but many members of the family had been or were Lutheran clergymen (Chap. I). His father died in 1645, and the workshop was carried on by the successive husbands of his mother. In 1656 Stensen graduated from the School of Our Lady and began studying science at Copenhagen University under the famous Thomas Bartholin. From Stensen’s time as a student here, we have a most interesting collection of his notes and abstracts, the so-called Chaos-manuscript, depicting three months of intensive study in the year 1659.