Google Doodles Science!!
Go back a few decades and people from all eras can tell you how people were memorialized and remembered. Having parks and buildings named after them; trophies; public sculptures. With it now being 2012, many people know this generation as the age of the internet. 1 out of 7 people around the world are on Facebook, almost everything has a hashtag or some type of Twitter reference and people are blogging about anything that pops into their mind. But today is one of the many examples of how an international technology company like Google combines the age of the internet and remembering something that one could say is quite… old school.
To celebrate Nobel Prize-winning physicist Niels Bohr’s 127thbirthday, Google decided to memorialize the respected Danish scientist with one of its famous Google Doodles. The doodle is one of a kind as it combines modern technology with Bohr’s most famous contribution to science, the Bohr Atomic Model. Bohr was the first scientist to input quantum mechanics in a way that could help average people understand the structure of atoms. His atomic model presented the theory that electrons do in fact orbit around the nucleus of an atom.
But one of the most interesting facts of all is that Google has done this to recognize multiple scientists and specific scientific events. The internet search engine honored inventor and scientist Thomas Edison’s birthday on February 11, 2011 with a doodle of his inventions (or as I like to view them: science experiments). They also recognized the total lunar eclipse that occurred on June 15, 2011 with a complete time-lapse of a total lunar eclipse on its Google homepage.
The combination of scientific recognition and modern internet technology easily gives everyday people access to learn about science in an unconventional media outlet. It also means that you can Google pretty much anything.