We all love Google Doodles and in fact, wish the search giant placed them on the homepage more often.
Google began featuring logo-incorporated works known as “doodles” on its homepage in 1998. It may have all started with a stick figure by Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, but since then the Google Doodles have become elaborate pieces of art which serve to celebrate the iconic figures, events and holidays throughout history.
Here are some of the best Google Doodles from 2013:
Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech
On August, 28. the Google Doodle honored Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. and the 50th anniversary of his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, which he delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington in 1963.
Shakuntala Devi’s 84th birthday
On November, 4. the Google Doodle celebrated the 84th birthday of Indian writer and mental calculator Shakuntala Devi. Devi was commonly referred to as the “human computer,” which is the reason the logo resembles that of a calculator.
Devi is celebrated for her brilliance in mathematics and her ability to memorize numbers and perform complex calculations, a talent which was evident from an early age, and has even earned her a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
216th anniversary of the first parachute jump
On October, 22. the Google Doodle celebrated the 216th anniversary of the first parachute jump, which occurred in 1797 by French aeronaut André-Jacques Garnerin. The structure of the balloon and parachute materials that were used in the 18th century were far less advanced than they are now, making Garnerin’s feat even more impressive.
Garnerin rose to a height of around 3,000 feet before he cut the rope that connected the parachute to the balloon, and thus began his descent. He became the first person ever to successfully complete the parachute jump and he paved the way for the future of modern technology.
Jean Bernard Leon Foucault birthday
On September, 18. an interactive Google Doodle celebrated French physicist Jean Bernard Leon Foucault’s birthday. Foucault is celebrated for creating the pendulum in 1851, an invention he used to demonstrate the rotation of the earth, and prove that the earth rotated on its axis.
Erwin Schrödinger’s birthday
On August, 12. the Google Doodle celebrated Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger’s 126th birthday (if he were still alive, he died in Vienna in January 1961). Schrödinger was a pioneer in quantum physics and a Nobel Prize winner who used cats to explain his thoughts and experiments.
The Google Doodle, which incorporates cats, represents his famous theoretical experiment known as “Schrödinger’s Cat”. The experiment proposed to explain quantum mechanics and a feline paradox.
Saul Bass’s 93rd birthday
On May, 8. the Google Doodle chose to honor legendary title designer Saul Bass, on what would have been his 93rd birthday. Bass’s contribution to film art includes some of the most recognizable title sequences for Hollywood’s greatest directors including Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese and Otto Preminger, among many others.
Naturalist and scientific illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian
On April, 2. the Google Doodle chose to honor Maria Sibylla Merian on what would have been her 366th birthday. Merian was a German naturalist and scientific illustrator whose passion for flora and fauna led her to create beautiful, complex paintings of plants and insects. However, her brilliant scientific mind was considered too independent for a woman in the 17th century.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams
The “Don’t panic” interactive doodle celebrated what would have been Douglas Adams 61st birthday on on March, 11. Adams however died an untimely death due to a heart attack in 2001. His words continue to live on in popular culture.
Adams is the beloved author of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the franchise which has spread into books, computer games, a TV series and a movie, among many, many other things. And it is fair to say that Adams has inspired and will continue to inspire many generations with his sharp wit and intellect.
Pioneering mathematician Leonhard Euler
On April, 15. the Google Doodle paid tribute to pioneering mathematician and physicist Leonhard Euler, who was born in Basel on 15 April 1707.
Euler is celebrated for his brilliance in his field, and is considered one of the greatest mathematical minds of all time. Praised for his work on optics, mechanics, lunar motion, calculus, geometry and the number theory. The gifted Swiss mathematician was able to work on complex equations from memory and wrote over 900 books on various topics.
International Women’s Day
On March, 8. the Google Doodle celebrated women from across the globe on International Women’s day. The doodle created by Betsy Bauer represents faces of women of all colors, creeds, ages and shapes to celebrate the progression of women’s rights over the years, whilst also addressing the issue of gender inequalities.
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