Google Doodle is celebrating the 169th birthday of controversial German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, who declared that ‘God is dead’. The famous Google logo transforms the second 'o' into a stylised profile of Nietzche's face, complete with impressive moustache.
The animated black and white doodle sees Nietzsche’s geometrical cartoon brain whir and shift inside his head, the Mirror reports. He was most widely remembered for his rejection of Christianity and supposed influence on Nazism.
Nietzsche, born in 1844 in the Prussian Province of Saxony, studied theology and classical philology at the University of Bonn and later philology at the University of Leipzig. He once said achievement and ambition were driving forces of the human character, and that Christianity was harmful to society because it allowed the weak to rule the strong, the report said. He suffered a mental collapse in 1889 after seeing a coachman whipping his horse, and was taken to the mental asylum before being cared for by his family.
He also had a number of strokes in later years after which he was unable to speak or walk before his death in August 1900 at the age of 55, the report added.